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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. 

According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources, replacing T12 fluorescents with T8s or T5s and upgrading to LEDs reduces lighting energy consumption.

Recently, a few of us went to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate for a symposium about the energy efficiency of historic sites. It was hosted by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology.

Renewable generation and energy-storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) current and future confidence indexes both inched backward in May, signifying a potential return to the status quo, though currently both indexes remain in the “expansionary range.”

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The False Claims Boomerang

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Efficient Use of Efficiency

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Progress Energy Expands Solar Energy

Progress Energy Florida announced a program that will continue to expand the company’s use of renewable energy sources. The SolarWise for Schools program advances the use of renewable energy through the installation of solar energy systems at schools throughout the utility’s service territory.


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Pass & Seymour/Legrand Files Patent Infringement Complaints

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Ready to Learn

Training is the best and only way for electrical contractors and electricians to stay ahead in a world filled with changing markets, technologies and methodologies.


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