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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. 

While the smart grid is a relatively new concept, it doesn’t take long for the next change to arrive.

According to “The Federal Commitment to Green Building: Experiences and Expectations” report from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S.

Light-emitting diode (LED) technology seems to be all the rage in the lighting industry, and those in the know are more than aware of its many benefits. However, for the average consumer, the world of LEDs is still an unknown.


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For years, wire supplies have been rolled around in drums for storage, shipping and transporting to job sites. The traditional spool material is solid wood, but, today, cable reels also are made of plywood, steel and plastic, offering improved durability or lighter weight.


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