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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. 

It stands to reason that, in a desert state such as Arizona, solar power would be something of a no-brainer. But in Arizona, the issue of harnessing one of the most plentiful and valuable resources has caused a controversy.


I was recently following a forum discussion about issues related to using spreadsheet software for estimating. It turned into a spreadsheet–versus–database argument and got a little heated. The truth is both systems have a place in your estimating toolbox.


The United States is undergoing a major shift in the way it generates and consumes electricity. In the midst of such visible changes, strong metrics are enlightening—even if they are, in some ways, stating the obvious.


A prognosticator forecasting the end of electric utilities as we know them isn’t news. Economists and market researchers have been telling this fortune for several years. But when the people in charge of utilities corroborate those reports, it’s no longer a tale read in the tea leaves.

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Energy Codes
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The energy consumed by residential and commercial buildings represents a significant portion of the total energy used in the United States. Energy drives the U.S. economy and demand will continue to grow along with prices and environmental concern.

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Report From the Underground
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Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is an innovative “trenchless” construction procedure. It has been in use for a dozen years to make trenchless installations of cable, conduit and duct in areas where surface improvements or crowded utility easements make excavation impractical or impossible.

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The Aging of the Electrical Contracting Industry
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As the baby boom generation ages, so does the leadership of the electrical contracting industry, emphasizing the need for retirement and succession planning.

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A Likely Pair
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Combining technologies has allowed many systems to become part of the mainstream. One of the latest of these opportunities, is the conglomeration of power over Ethernet (PoE) with radio frequency identification (RFID).

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Uncle Sam's Helping Hand with Vehicle Costs
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It may come as a surprise to many electrical contractors who use vans and light trucks in their operations, but it is difficult to fully recover the costs of those vehicles under our tax rules.

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HMT Shoots & Scores
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Home of the NCAA Division I football and basketball Orangemen and the country’s fifth-largest indoor stadium, Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome has been a pressing concern for school officials for several years. The concern comes with good reason.

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Getting Attention
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Professional contractors normally develop their marketing expertise with their technical expertise. Typically, a contractor’s marketing experience comes from observation of successful marketing techniques.

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