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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. 

Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger

Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create.

The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.

While employment in the construction sector has generally enjoyed steady growth over the last 20 months, one element has remained stubbornly weak: the number of skilled workers. The problem is not new, and it persists.

The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels.

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Getting Specific in Design-Build

Use of the design-build delivery system for new construction in the United States is steadily increasing in nearly every sector of the building industry.

The Maintenance Niche

For some reason, maintenance generally has not been embraced by contractors in their product offerings. Even though maintenance is a perfect value-added-service opportunity, many contractors do not actively pursue this type of work.

A Cow, by Any Other Status ...

Unilateral (one-sided) mistakes have a checkered history in the law, with some very famous cases as examples. One concept to keep in mind while reading this article is that the law reasons by analogy.

Power Play

Power and power quality is something we are all acutely aware of. Whether it is because of outages due to natural disasters or unexplained utility blackouts, everyone knows power is something difficult to live without.

Watergate or Wisdom?

More than 9 million U.S. consumers were victims of identity theft in 2004. Contrary to popular belief, most of these thefts resulted from sifting through trash, not electronic hacking.

To Be Integrated

Twenty-first century building will be an integrated set of building systems aimed at providing an optimal environment for people to live, work and play.

Turning Time into Money

You know those old axioms: “A penny saved is a penny earned,” and, “Time is money,” and, from Ben Franklin, “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a large ship.” It is no secret that managing expenses commands more of our attention today than in the past.