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With the growth in the market for the interconnected, electronic smart home, to the care and attention needing to be paid to retrofits of aging houses, there’s never a shortage of information in the residential market. Below you’ll find the residential articles from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, covering the full residential spectrum. 

For electrical contractors 
specializing in bread-and-butter residential projects, such as changing out light switches and adding receptacles, the proliferation of the Internet of Things offers both challenges and opportunities.

Tiny houses are having their moment. They have their own television shows, magazines and festivals around the country. Enthusiasts call it a movement toward a simpler and freer way of life.

Apple HomeKit


According to a 2016 industry study by Zion Research, the U.S. market for home automation systems is growing by leaps and bounds.

Two new reports confirm the trend that homeowners are becoming more aware of energy saving opportunities and needs and are taking steps to benefit from these savings.

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Wobbly Housing Market Getting Its Legs Back

It’s been said that, if you talk to three economists, you will get no less than four different and equally plausible explanations for why the economy is the way it is. This same principle could be applied to recent observations about the nation’s housing market.


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High Rise With Intelligent Energy Storage Towers Over Rising Energy Costs

Since the days of thomas Edison more than a century ago, electricity has flowed through the grid in one direction. Power is centrally generated, transmitted, distributed within cities to buildings and consumed immediately.


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U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for 2012 Released

Freddie Mac’s September U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook Report showed that consumers and businesses have become more energy-efficient, thereby dampening the negative impact of recent fuel-price spikes on the economy.


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U.K. Home to Be Constructed Entirely From Waste

With efficiency now occupying a top-tier status in the effort to transform energy use, it was only a matter of time before the spotlight trained on waste and building construction. An architectural firm in Brighton, England, has taken that concept to the extreme.


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The Smart Grid Takes Shape

For the electrical contractor (EC), finding a role in the smart grid shouldn’t be a matter of “wait and see.” Now is the time to prepare for this growing opportunity. If your work involves building automation and lighting controls, you are well on your way.


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Stationary But Powering Forward

Fuel cells are an evolving technology and a current new market for the electrical contractor (EC). As a result of research and development, fuel cells have become feasible to implement with greater capacity, reduced costs, increased reliability and improved efficiency.


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Truth or Dare: Smart Meters

With the Institute of Electric Efficiency reporting more than 36 million smart meters installed from 2007 through May 2012 and a target of 65 million by 2015, it appears that smart meters are here to stay.


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