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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. 

I begin this month’s column with an acknowledgement that should come as no surprise: I’ve learned a lot over the years that I have been involved with NECA and especially during the years I have been its president. One important lesson: There is often more to something than meets the eye.


Electrical contractors have volunteered and donated to charitable organizations and other causes for decades. In more recent years, contractors have embraced giving at a personal level. O’Connell Electric Co.


Thirty-four classes are offered throughout the convention (as part of a full NECA registration or as a separate education package). Preconvention workshops are offered Oct. 6–7; they require a separate preregistration and fee.

Did you see the Great American Solar eclipse of 2017? So cool! At the electrical Contractor office just north of Washington, D.C., we wore our NASA-approved eclipse safety glasses to watch the moon block out about 80 percent of the sun.

More on Your Business

 
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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If it Looks Like a Duck ...

Being a member of the Technological Committee for my local school district since its 1994 creation, I have seen first hand the exponential increase in the number of computers, servers, printers, white boards, digital cameras and other technology tools for faculty and students to access each other a


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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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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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Tip of the Iceberg

Imagine being given a credit card with a seemingly infinite limit, and you never have to pay a bill. That, essentially, is the scenario many data center managers have enjoyed for the last decade or more when it comes to electricity-use oversight.


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NTC Announces Free Training Webinar Wednesdays

National Training Center (NTC) has announced Webinar Wednesday, a free monthly training session, covering topics that are important to the low voltage industry. The class is open to everyone.


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