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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. 

Evaluating the cost-
effectiveness of renewable power has always been a fairly simple calculation. As manufacturers lowered their production costs and improved the generating efficiency of their technology, renewables became more cost competitive with conventional sources of power.


We appreciate all of the positive response to the new format for our column in which we interview industry leaders about key issues that may alter the future of electrical construction.

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner and quieter and now have a proven track-record in applications like nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events, and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use.


Retirement planning is complicated, with many risks and legal pitfalls. It is worth investing time and money with a financial adviser who specializes in retirement. A little preparation will help you get ready for your first meeting and result in a plan that fits your expectations and goals.


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Ideas That Work: Marking Attic Holes, Unsticking Glue and More
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Every month, we pick the top four Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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Technology Streamlining 
Workflow In The Field

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The bread and butter 
of digital innovation is its ability to save. Doing things electronically almost always means doing them faster and at lower cost. This axiom of modern innovation has altered every industry and type of operation.


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The EPA To Curb Power Plant Emissions

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Every conflict has to have an antagonist, and in the ongoing war against global warming, nothing takes the heat like coal.


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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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