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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. 

Hundreds of jobs have been “mothballed” or put on an extended hold status. It occurs with home-renovation projects, power plants, marinas, dentists’ offices and automobile manufacturing plants, to name a few. Every case is unique, yet almost all instances eventually boil down to money issues.

Understanding and accepting 
change is important in any walk of life, but especially so in electrical construction. I’ve seen how innovations in technology have affected the men and women in my business, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.

Tools, such as Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL hex impact driver kit, are available to rent.

These days, almost anything can be rented, and the rental industry has done a good job making consumers and business owners aware of the benefits of renting versus owning.

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.5 million in safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

More on Your Business

Comprehensive Energy Bill Likely to Become Law

In late April, the U.S. Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), an incredibly comprehensive piece of legislation as it relates to energy policy.

Cities Getting Smarter About Technology

It should come as no surprise that cities are at the forefront of society’s movement toward a more energy-efficient, green and technologically driven future.

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Insights From the CABA Conference in San Diego

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) held its conference in San Diego at the end of last month at the Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Diego.

Power Outages Persist In 2015

Nothing is infallible. Even the growing deployment of smart-grid technology can’t eliminate power outages. According to a recent report, power outages continue to be a problem for businesses and residential customers.

Pepco-Exelon Merger Alters Utility Landscape

On March 23, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission voted to approve a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. Combined, the two utilities will serve 10 million customers.

Training event at the Fairgrounds outside of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
WernerCo Hosts 107 Events for OSHA's Safety Week

From May 2 to May 6, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held its third annual National Safety Stand-Down, which raises awareness of frequently cited OSHA violations in the hopes of preventing common workplace accidents.

Adjust Accordingly: Using database labor

The other day, I saw an online discussion about using the labor units that come with computer estimating systems. The question was whether you should use the labor units as is. The simple answer is “maybe.” The complex answer is also “maybe.”