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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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Iowa Company Quickly Rebuilds 345 kV Transmission Line

Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) of Iowa concluded rebuild work and re-energized a 20-mile stretch of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Poweshiek County, Iowa. The transmission line was severely damaged on Feb. 24, 2007, during a major Midwest winter storm.


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Estimating the Streets of San Francisco

The NECA Show is just weeks away, and what a glorious location NECA has chosen this year—San Francisco—where wishes come true and everybody leaves with a new takeoff on life.


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Silent Partner

You might have heard horror stories of partnerships ruining companies. That is why most electrical contracting companies are officially organized as corporations, not partnerships. However, corporations may be surprised to find a silent partner at the end of the day.


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SaveOnEnergy.com Provides More Than Lower Energy Rates for Texans

Dallas-based SaveOnEnergy.com makes it simple and worthwhile for Texas residents to shop online for lower electric rates. By shopping for competing rates on SaveOnEnergy.com, customers will find exclusive offers as well as other incentives to switch electricity providers.


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A Little Learning ...

I interpret The adage “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”to mean just a small amount of knowledge can lead people to do things they aren’t really qualified to do.


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Completing the Incomplete Thought

I can hear youRfrustrated cries of “Part 2? When did he write Part 1?” Well, you need to keep up. It appeared in the June 2006 issue, and it was called “Estimating Blind.” If you don’t have that issue, visit www.ECmag.com, and enter the headline in the keyword search box. OK?


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The Gray Market

To succeed in a competitive marketplace, electrical contractors must build lasting partnerships with their customers by supplying quality, dependable electrical products that they can stand behind.


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