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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. 

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These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.

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It's an irony of moder construction that, to deliver power to a job site, an electrical contractor must first establish temporary power.

Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design.

I was recently reminded how important it is to be creative in today’s competitive bidding climate. One of my longtime clients called to let me know that the high-voltage switchgear at One Exchange Place in Jersey City, N.J., had finally been powered up.

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Nothing to Yawn About

If the stock market makes you nervous with its volatile ups and downs, you may want to take a good look at a more conservative alternative to stocks—municipal bonds. Mention tax-free municipals to some investors and you will be greeted with a big yawn.


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Lady or the Lion?

Remember the myth about an Impossible choice?A poor knight is rejected by the king as a suitor for his daughter. To test the knight’s love, the king tells him he can have his daughter in marriage if he selects the correct door. Behind one is the lady; behind the other is a lion.


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Average U.S. Electricity Prices Rise Another 4.7 Percent

Following an increase of nearly 11 percent in the year ending in April 2006, the average price of electricity for industrial or large commercial entities in the United States rose another 4.7 percent over the past year.


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Keep the Lights On

With building green comes the ongoing task of maintaining a green building. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was an early proponent of building green, and it remains an influence on the movement today.


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Power Line Reconstruction to Begin This Summer in Kentucky

Kentucky Utilities, the Lexington-based power provider, will embark on a much-needed upgrade to its high-voltage transmission lines this summer. The project will involve more than four miles of lines running between two substations, one in southeast and one in east Lexington.


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Transforming Today's Transformers

Beginning in 2009 or 2010, electrical contractors are likely to see a new breed of higher-efficiency liquid-filled distribution transformers hitting the market, thanks to new standards expected to be announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September.


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Figuring in Tools and Equipment

I have seen it done many different ways; I have heard twice as many opinions. Sometimes it’s a specific dollar amount entry or a small percentage value; sometimes nothing at all.


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