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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. 

Do you believe that your financial adviser knows more than you do about how to make your money work for you? Do you trust that adviser to be ethical?

Like the desert in summer, the solar power controversy in Arizona continues to sizzle. The drama involving Arizona Public Service (APS), net metering and solar power has been well documented. Now, a new storyline has emerged.

After a recent trade show in Las vegas, some colleagues and I took a road trip to Hoover Dam.

It should come as no surprise that cities are at the forefront of society’s movement toward a more energy-efficient, green and technologically driven future.

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Bosch FL12 12V battery work light has 10 high-intensity LEDs.
Cool Tools: LED Work Lights

The Light-emitting diode (LED) seems to be everywhere, including in tiny keychain flashlights, conventional flashlights that emit powerful beams, general service lamps, replacement fixtures for commercial use, and portable work lights.

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In Memoriam: Ed Malzahn

Ed Malzahn, chairman of the Charles Machine Works Inc. (Ditch Witch) and inventor of the world’s first compact trenching machine, died Dec. 11 in Perry, Okla., his lifelong home and location of the company he led for 67 years. He was 94.

Apprenticeships Are Key To Our Industry's Future

A major part of the National Electrical Contractors Association’s (NECA) mission is to shine a light on the importance of apprenticeship programs. They are a vibrant force within the electrical construction industry.

These city parking garage LEDs reduced energy use by 75 percent.
Columbia Glows With LEDs

While many businesses and households have embraced light-emitting diodes (LEDs), Columbia, Mo., is on a mission to “light the city” with LEDs.

States Lead The Way On Energy Efficiency

In the nationwide drive for a cleaner energy mix, efficiency continues to take on an expanding role. According to a recent publication, state governments are helping to advance the trend.

Energy Efficiency 2.0: 18 Ways To Promote It

The energy-efficiency community is finding it harder to obtain high rates of return on energy-efficient upgrades.

Battery Storage Set For Growth

According to Moody’s Investors Services’ September 2015 report, “Batteries Charge Up For the Electric Grid,” many lithium-ion battery-storage applications could become economically viable by the end of the decade, as long as prices continue to fall.