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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. 

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On a regular basis, Contractors ask me to review their contracts before they sign.

In the utility sector, not many issues cause industry stakeholders more anxiety than the aging infrastructure and continuously increasing demand. Around the country, utilities are investing heavily to keep up with degradation and power-hungry consumers.


Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning.

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State Standards Raise The Bar 
for Energy Efficiency

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With all the hype 
surrounding sustainable energy, it would be easy to assume the transition to alternative-energy practices has the momentum it needs to carry itself forward.

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NECA Show 2014 Features Cabling and Controls
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Times are changing for the electrical contractor (EC). The trend even affects the basics. As Electrical Contractor focuses on the latest developments in cabling and controls, the 2014 NECA Show in Chicago, Sept.

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Do you have what it takes?

Project Selection
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When I became a trainee estimator, I never worried about what I was going to bid next. My method was simple; I bid on every project my boss told me to. That strategy changed when I moved on to my next employer.

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Down To the Wire
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For roughly a century, electrical contractors (ECs) have used copper or aluminum wiring. Their coexistence at times has been competitive. The nature of the application and, in some cases, price have dictated the choice between the metals. 


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Rule No. 2 For Success
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Having successfully completed a series of good-sized service jobs for a company he described as a great customer, a prominent electrical contractor (who wishes to remain anonymous) was making a routine visit to the company’s main office for what he fondly refers to as a “customer care call.” This ti

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Personalize Your Pricing Strategy
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Managing overhead requires a deliberate series of allocation and recovery decisions that affect the flexibility of your pricing strategy for each project. Periodically, you should re-evaluate how you price to recover overhead costs and allocate actual expenses through your job-costing system.


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The changing role of technology

Tightening The Belt
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The United States’ 114 million households and more than 4.7 million commercial buildings currently account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In addition, buildings account for 39 percent of U.S.

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