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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. 

In the ongoing narrative of renewable power, success is often measured in superlatives.
 The stories that get top billing often describe massive wind-farm developments, science-fiction-like discoveries and major breakthroughs. A recent project in Los Angeles is no exception.


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Every month, we pick the top four Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

The Internet is all about innovation, using digital technology to break molds. No company exemplifies this idea more than Google, the search engine company that has become, through its own innovation, so much more than that.


Commercial buildings could cut their heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of advanced controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country.

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Maintenance Adds Value to Sales
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System maintenance can be about anything you want it to be. It could be in reference to communications (data or voice networks), electrical, mechanical, security or anything your heart or bottom line desires. You may think that such a statement is too sweeping and general, right? Wrong.

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The Lie of the Land
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It’s a lie! It’s a fraud! These are fighting words, but they are too often spoken. In construction-contracting litigation, allegations of fraud, deceit and misrepresentation are also too often raised. Generally, the law does not micromanage business dealings.

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'Dark Green' Power Set to Become a Red-Hot Utility Offering
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As more customers embrace renewable energy, up to 75% of U.S. utilities are set to offer a mass-market green power program by the end of 2003. Several utilities are achieving a response rate much higher than the usual 1%.

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Major Distributor Sells Via eBay
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Most contractors don’t regularly cruise the Web – even the sites of major suppliers – for bargains. There might be a reason to start . . . but on eBay!

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Selling To A CXO - Dealing With The New, All-Purpose Executive Title
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To start with, let us clarify one thing: CXO is the latest industry acronym. OK, even if it is not the newest, most popular buzzword on the street, we are officially claiming it to be so starting now. It definitely makes sense, what with all of the CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CTOs—the list can go on and on.

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Category 6 and Beyond - Copper Cable Continues To Meet Demand
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Copper cabling has provided a reliable, flexible and economical communications medium for decades.

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To Grow Or Not To Grow?
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Growing the volume of your business is natural, it’s expected and it’s rewarded. The problem is, it takes planning, cash and expertise to keep revenue growth from killing an otherwise successful electrical contracting business.

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