Electrical Contractor Magazine

Your Business

 

 

Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

It may seem that running an electrical contracting business is harder than it used to be. Technology can mechanize many tasks and reduce errors, but research has revealed that employee attitudes have a greater effect on productivity than anyone realized.


In an era of constant communication and overwhelming amounts of data, information fatigue is always a risk. In one industry, however, overcommunicating has not caused a backlash. In fact, it has been quite the opposite.


Lack of information has long been cited as a reason why homeowners do not invest in energy conservation, efficiency or management retrofit measures.

Reports that 2013 was the year America achieved energy independence are wildly exaggerated. But something very big did happen: The United States became the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas.


Electrical Contractor Magazine

More on Your Business

 
LEDs Shine The Light On Wi-Fi
| under

The benefits of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a brighter, more efficient alternative to fluorescent lamps have become common knowledge. It may only be a matter of time before LEDs become the lighting source of choice for consumers.


READ MORE
 
California Mandates Historic Energy-Storage Targets

| under

Most people in the utility industry agree that a major objective of the smart grid is increased storage capacity.

READ MORE
 
Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Traction

| under

It is logical to think of an electric vehicle (EV) as a device that consumes power. After all, it is a car that runs on electricity.


READ MORE
 
EVs At Crossroad Of Open Or Closed Charging Networks

| under

The Open Charge Alliance (OCA), a global consortium of public and private electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure leaders with more than 10,000 installations worldwide, recently announced a new charter and issued a call for new international members.


READ MORE
 
Discovery Advances Windows With Transparent Solar Cells

| under

In the future, windows may not only serve the primary functions of allowing light indoors and conserving heat or cooling, but they may also capture enough solar power to meet all of a building’s energy needs. In other words, windows of the future may pull double duty as solar collectors.


READ MORE
 
LEDs Brighten The Big Apple

| under

You know you’ve hit the big time when New York City sings your praises. In October, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to retrofit the streetlight network with LEDs.


READ MORE
 
New Codes Boost Energy Efficiency

| under

While they may not be exciting, standards do as much for progress as technological innovations.

READ MORE

Pages