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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. 

Productivity improvement is more than reducing waste. Understanding how routines and environment affect our physical and mental states can help you and your employees get the work done more efficiently and accurately without spending a fortune or revamping your organization.

Selecting the right dimmer and lamp combination can be challenging. The good news is progress is being made.

Do you read the comics? Julie and her son are particular fans of “Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!” by Tim Rickard. It’s about the crew of the space station R.U. Sirius. A recent series featured engineer Cliff Clewless cheating on his digital assistants, each of which thought they were his only one.

An enlightening article in the February issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR touched on an important topic and perspective for the electrical construction industry: women in the workplace.

More on Your Business

DOE Report Shows Potential for Behind-the-Meter Distributed Wind

On November 21, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a report titled “Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects” which explores the potential of distributed wind energy in the U.S. through 2050.

Minnesota Power Plant Recycles Storm Debris For Fuel

This summer, in the aftermath of a heavy storm, Duluth, Minn., residents were mostly concerned about when their electricity would be restored. They were unlikely to be thinking about how the city would dispose of all of the toppled trees.

Alabama Electricians Pitch In at Local Oktoberfest

On October 8, 2016, the Birmingham Electrical JATC and IBEW Local No. 136 assisted in the setup and takedown at Oktoberfest Trussville, an annual event in Trussville, Ala., that raises money for local charities.

‘Fracking’ For Renewable Energy Storage

Storage technology has emerged as the next stage in the evolution of renewable energy as a viable form of power on a grid scale. Governments, utilities and residential customers are embracing a wide range of storage technology to counter the variability of wind and solar generation.

Prepare For Takeoff

For branch takeoff, measuring all of those little lines can really be a pain in the neck. It’s time-consuming and mind-numbing, especially on large projects. What a drag. Sometimes I’d rather be cleaning toilets.

Going Mobile: Apps and Technology Drive the Latest Tool Trends

Software Applications, particularly mobile apps, have changed construction project planning and management for electrical and structured wiring systems.

An Evolving Industry

Many promises have been made about the newest generation of smart meters and the potential for two-way communications between utilities and their customers (or, rather, their customers’ connected devices). Often overlooked, however, are the opportunities these virtual conversations will create.