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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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Safe, Sound and Connected

Gone are the days when home security systems were labor-intensive to install and provided no safety or security if the homeowner forgot to set the alarm.


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Home is Where the Heat Is

Homeowners, driven by many factors—such as the desire to reduce fossil fuel use, improve the efficiency of their home, and benefit from federal and state incentives—may seek energy audits.


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Home Automation: There's an App for That

Just a few years ago, home automation control systems were seen as toys for the tech-savvy rich. Push-button window treatments, camera-monitored security and lighting scene-setting capabilities all were seen as extravagances—and, in many cases, each was individually controlled.


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On With the Wind

It should come as little surprise that the surGE inrenewable power and the high-tech revolution have occurred at roughly the same time. Both thrive on innovation and the general trend toward doing more with less.


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The Earth Gives Back

Humans have taken advantage of geothermal heat since the Paleolithic era. In recent years, it has become a stronger trend. In 2007, 28 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal heating capacity was installed around the world, satisfying 0.07 percent of global primary energy consumption.


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Solid State of Lighting

Some of the most dramatic lighting performance gains can be achieved by adopting solid-state lighting in the home, where incandescent lighting has met its match with products that combine the efficiency of compact fluorescent and the quality of halogen.


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All Grown Up? Home Automation

Even though home automation technology has been around for decades, the opportunity it represents for electrical contractors right now is phenomenal.


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