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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. 

Most taxpayers know the Federal Reserve Board of Governors meets periodically to set interest rates, but too often, they leave the deeper analysis to economists.

Various internet sources claim that adults make an average of 35,000 decisions each day. While that total may be in dispute, it highlights the constant activity our brains are in deciding on matters both inconsequential and life changing.

This tunnel lighting is part of Birmingham’s total lighting upgrade.

The City of Birmingham, Ala., announced a new project designed to upgrade its current public parking garage lighting to energy-efficient, connected light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The retrofits are expected to save about $375,000 per year.


Credit cards typically apply interest to late payments. This interest factor, which may be 18 percent or more, can be viewed as a form of liquidated damages (LDs). The base amount owed is not liquidated, because it depends on your balance, but the percentage is liquidated, or fixed, by agreement.

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Thermal imaging is a well-established method of detecting potential problems and issues in electrical systems.


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Expanding Our Reach

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has long been considered the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States.



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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.


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Sprig Electric Cuts Energy Costs With Unique System

Sprig Electric is one of the first electrical contractors (ECs) in the country to pair Tesla’s Powerpack battery with a 350-kilowatt (kW) commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. In its first month, the paired system has cut energy costs at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters by 80–95 percent.



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Aiming for Quality in Technology Investments, Part 2

As I wrote in Part I of this article: “There is no such thing as a new $5,000 Rolls-Royce. If you want the quality, the engineering and the performance, you need to pay for it. Good intelligent infrastructure is no different.”


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Washington, D.C., Generates Electricity From Sewage Sludge


From waves to wood chips to grass, the renewable energy era has been all about generating power from unlikely sources. A Washington, D.C., utility has taken this trend one step further and is harnessing power from sewage effluent.



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U.S. Tops World in Wind Energy Production

According to the American Wind Energy Association, the U.S. led the world in wind energy production in 2015. The U.S. produced 190 million megawatt-hours (MWh) from wind energy. That’s enough to power about 17.5 million typical U.S. homes.


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