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Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

The role of cars in power consumption and generation has taken a new twist. First electric vehicles (EVs) emerged as a viable alternative to driving on fossil fuels. Then the sophistication and capacity of battery technology expanded the utility of EVs into the realm of storage on the grid.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That seems to be the attitude of electric utilities these days, as growing numbers of large energy users negotiate agreements to buy electricity directly from new wind and solar developments.

In 2009, Home furnishings retailer Havertys launched a sustainability program using a data-driven energy-management system to pinpoint inefficiency. After implementing a discrete energy-monitoring system, it was able to reduce overall consumption by 20 percent.

Electrical contractors work hard to learn their business and understand how to complete a project professionally and make a profit. The profit part ensures ECs can stay in business. The professional part is mandatory if ECs want to stay in business and grow.

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CHP Systems Could Combat Rising Electric Bills
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Bernard Malin of Massachusetts is the owner of a residential “micro combined-heat-and-power” (micro-CHP) system, according to the Christian Science Monitor; the device combines an internal-combustion engine with a household natural gas furnace, and Malin saves about $600 to $800 in electricity costs


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Verizon Announces Savings on Fiber to the Home

When considering a new service or product offering, most financial analysts will focus on the potential revenue from such; it proves to be an important job because if one tries to push technology too far too fast, profits can prove to imbalance with the costs.


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Holy Smoke!

Controlling smoke with doors and detectors: In this issue, we will discuss smoke doors and the National Fire Alarm Code requirements for the application and placement of smoke detectors for the operation and control of the smoke doors.


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The Challenge of Communicating the Alarm

Stores and public venues need special communications:


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Feel the Heat of Convergence

Convergence among security, lighting, energy management and other disciplines is growing in a host of financial and retail institutions; As more security integrators appear on the scene to solve retailer and banking problems—both from the physical security and information technology (IT) side—contra


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The FOA Reaches Milestone in Membership

The Fiber Optics Association (FOA) certified its 20,000th Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) in October.


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Breaking into the Security Business

Home security can open doors for residential work:


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