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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 may seem that running an electrical contracting business is harder than it used to be. Technology can mechanize many tasks and reduce errors, but research has revealed that employee attitudes have a greater effect on productivity than anyone realized.


In an era of constant communication and overwhelming amounts of data, information fatigue is always a risk. In one industry, however, overcommunicating has not caused a backlash. In fact, it has been quite the opposite.


Lack of information has long been cited as a reason why homeowners do not invest in energy conservation, efficiency or management retrofit measures.

Reports that 2013 was the year America achieved energy independence are wildly exaggerated. But something very big did happen: The United States became the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas.


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Better Communication Improves Utility Customer Satisfaction

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In an era of constant communication and overwhelming amounts of data, information fatigue is always a risk. In one industry, however, overcommunicating has not caused a backlash. In fact, it has been quite the opposite.


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Graph Theory Research Could Aid Network Connectivity
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The ever-tightening squeeze of available bandwidth for our telecommunications devices has become a common and persistent problem in the digital age.

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Square-shaped light signals are sent through an optical fiber for enhanced data throughput.
Scientists Increase Fiber Optic Throughput 10 Times

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Optical fibers transmit data in the form of light pulses, and they are becoming a go-to solution for transmitting data thousands of miles at incredible speeds. Proponents would have you believe they are the apex of modern telecommunications technology.

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Passing The Bar
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During my career, I’ve learned a lot about things that are not exactly estimating but are closely related. For instance, I had to learn about relationship management with vendors and customers. I was required to learn enough about electrical engineering to finish the incomplete plans we often get.

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Means to Avoid an End
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Not many things can shut down an organization’s operations faster and more completely than a power outage. Backup power sources may keep critical functions running temporarily, but power must be restored quickly to limit costly work disruptions.


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Don't Get Fleeced By A Release
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Every state in the United States has its own unique lien laws. Because of the local nature of these statutes, there are major differences, state to state, in how and where liens are filed and perfected, who gets “notice” of the lien, and what types of claims are lienable.

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More Oil, More Gas, More Energy Security
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Reports that 2013 was the year America achieved energy independence are wildly exaggerated. But something very big did happen: The United States became the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas.


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