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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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In the United Kingdom, pregnant cows may now be better protected, thanks to sensors. A bright green sensor device strapped to a cow’s tail alerts farmers, through an Internet of Things (IoT) network, that the cow is close to giving birth.

We get so used to the term “substantial completion” that we may be surprised at what an odd concept it is (meaning “not quite done”) and why it is often litigated.


News coverage of the health insurance debate should serve as a reminder for electrical contractors that have not fully evaluated or updated their business insurance plan. At renewal time, it’s important to update coverage and implement a plan to meet out-of-pocket costs.


Photo from a Safety Stand-Down event hosted by Werner. Courtesy of Werner at www.wernerco.com/us.

From May 8 to May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down, a program started in 2013 to “raise fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries,” according to the OSHA website.

More on Your Business

 
Waivers of Subrogation

What is a waiver of subrogation? Its provisions are poorly understood and often ignored, but they can be absolutely critical to protecting your business interests. In order to understand the meaning of the waiver, you must first grasp the basic concept of subrogation.


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Panda Energy to Build 1,000-MW Power Plant

Panda Energy Inc announced that it intends to build, own and operate a 1,000-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in an industrial-zoned area of the city of Temple, Texas.


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Dominion Virginia Power Discounting Efficiency

Late last year, many electric utilities announced they would offer customers discounts on compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in a partnership with Energy Star.


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Estimating Renovation Work

Estimating renovation projects is different from estimating a brand new, built-from-the-ground-up project. Renovations involve existing buildings. Existing buildings, well … they exist.


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Doubly Green

In a recent article, we briefly discussed the concepts of efficiency and effectiveness with regards to power consumption. It was timely with all the press coverage lately about being “green,” reducing one’s carbon footprint, lessening global warming effects and the like.


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ComEd Announces Custerms' Home Makeover

More than 200 seniors at a Downers Grove, Illinois, apartment complex will see their electric bills decline after ComEd, the utility serving the area, completes a large energy makeover.


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A Case to Test Your Judgment

How often have you told yourself, if I had it to do over, I would have done things differently? My thinking is that hindsight is 50/50, because the correct answer isn’t always clear. Even so, when I read the court’s opinion in St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v.


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