Your Business

 

 

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. 

Spreadsheet software is made for crunching numbers, but database programs are made for crunching data, and they do it better. Consider the following reasons why a database is a good platform for electrical estimating systems.


In August 2014, the U.S. Congress asked that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. It would require states to develop methods to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rates.

Once upon a time, owners hired an architect to draw up plans for a building and put the design out to bid, but that method is rapidly changing. Such design/bid/build (DBB) arrangements still may make up the majority of today’s project contracts, but just barely.

In May, Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.

More on Your Business

 
Article 220-Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part V
| under

220.19 Electric Ranges and Other Cooking Appliances Branch-circuit, feeder and service-load calculation provisions are in Article 220 of the National Electrical Code. While Part I is titled “General,” most of the first part pertains to branch-circuit calculations.

READ MORE
 
Larry C. McCrae Inc. played an important role in Revitalizing Philadelphia
| under

As the first new residential high-rise apartment building constructed in Philadelphia for 15 years, the St. James was designed with the latest high-tech systems.

READ MORE
 
Whole-Hog Asset Management
| under

Know when it’s time to sell ‘old bessie’ If you’re a typical electrical contractor, you’ve probably accumulated fixed assets as the business grew. Calculating ROA, or Return On Assets, will make you aware of just how fixed asset-heavy your company has become.

READ MORE
 
Estimating the Cost of an Injury
| under

Hidden dangers lead to hidden costs Contractors don’t normally involve the estimating department in safety concerns except for those that affect the actual work of the estimator such as job site visits and the like.

READ MORE
 
The Limits of FERCAiis Authority
| under

New utility business regulations could affect you Is electric transmission a natural monopoly or not? Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have authority over states and utilities to order restructuring and regulation of transmission systems?

READ MORE
 
Oregon Electric learns The Value of Surge Protection
| under

As a four-alarm fire raged through an old, vacant produce warehouse on Jan. 20, 2002, plumes of heavy black smoke filled the air in southeast Portland, Ore. Under spitting rain, 150 firefighters battled the blaze as it tossed large chunks of fiery debris onto streets as far as two blocks away.

READ MORE
 
Standardizing the Standards
| under

A different kind of harmony The Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney classic “Ebony and Ivory” asked why we can’t live together in harmony.

READ MORE

Pages