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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. 

The 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), released on Feb. 27 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), provides a breakdown of how residential energy use is changing in the United States.

As the need for energy storage expands, consumers are getting in on the action. According to the market research firm GTM Research, the market for behind-the-meter (BTM) storage is prepared to capitalize on this trend.

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The hole saw is a ubiquitously necessary tool. You would be hard-pressed to find an electrician who does not have at least one in his or her toolbox, or an electrical contractor without a hole saw kit or two back at the shop.

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In the past year, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR expanded its already-robust market research efforts to include a new endeavor.

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Recently, while serving on a panel session at the Power Quality and Reliability conference, a member of the audience chastised me for “not educating us on what this smart grid stuff is really all about.” It seemed like a reasonable challenge, especially given that I am a member of the Institute of


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Obama Administration Delivers More than $453 Million for Weatherization Programs in 15 States

US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced that the DOE is providing more than $453 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the economic stimulus bill) funding to expand weatherization assistance programs in 15 states.


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Think About It

There was a sign at my college job: “Engage brain before opening mouth,” which is similar to what my parents would often say: “Think before you speak.” The same basic concept applies before you take a power quality monitor into the field, connect it up and collect gigabytes of data.


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Money in the Bank

Most facilities have a hidden source of cash within their walls. People working in the energy-reduction field know that usually at least a 10 percent savings in energy can be achieved with a payback measured in less than two years, and often right in next month’s utility bill.


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Rust on the Crown

The phrase, "The king can do no wrong," may sound quaint today. It means a citizen cannot sue the sovereign, even if the king is wrong. This is called sovereign immunity. In American legal parlance, the sovereign is the government.


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