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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 quest for more sustainable energy practices, no technology is left out of the mix. For example, combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, has been around for many years, mostly in the domain of utilities and the industrial sector.

As estimators, we are sometimes called on to create and maintain schedules. Many of us actually hold the position of estimator/project manager, so we are wholly responsible for scheduling our own projects.


Telecommunications regulations have a long and storied history in politics and government, and it was recently declared that net neutrality falls under these previously established rules.

Rising energy costs, maturing technologies, simplified interfaces, government initiatives and utility incentives are all driving the predicted 29.5 percent compound annual growth rate of the global smart homes and buildings market, creating any number of opportunities for electrical contractors (ECs

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