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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

 
Efficient Use of Efficiency

In the September issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, there was an Industry Watch story titled “Efficiency from the Wall to the PC,” about an organization that is campaigning for more efficient power “cords.” There was a reference to a quote indicating only 50 percent of the power that leaves the outlet


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Out in the Boondocks

Generating electricity using wind, solar and geothermal technologies produces none of the greenhouse gases fossil fuel-based plants create and could help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and gas.


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Estimating Software Roundup

Well, it's that time of year again, where I bring the big estimating software dogies home for a checkup, to see what changes they have made while roaming wild out on the range. I have only three pages and four major systems to talk about. So let’s get this roundup started. Yee haw!


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Sweden Boasts World's First ZigBee City

The city of Goteborg, Sweden, plans deploy the NURI AiMiR Advanced Meter-reading Management (AMM) system to 270,000 homes, the world’s largest ZigBee network.


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Electricity Traveling Both Ways Across Texas/Mexico Border

According to the Dallas Morning News, power providers and regulators in Texas are taking steps to establish commercial exchanges of electricity with their Mexican counterparts.


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Oklahoma, Kansas Connect

Transmission took another step forward recently. The Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services announced its plans to construct the Oklahoma portion of a new 345-kV transmission line from north-central Oklahoma to a substation near Wichita, Kan.


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Utility Offers Green Option

Customers of NSTAR Electric, a Massachusetts electric utility, who want to support renewable energy and reduce their impact on the environment have a new option: NSTAR Green.


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