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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. 

Along with many new trends that electrical contractors are finding themselves involved with these days, there are some surprises. While ECs have traditionally wired the power for elevators, much of the work has been left to mechanical contractors.

According to the Consortium for Energy ­Efficiency’s 2013 State of the Efficiency Program Industry report, “U.S. and Canadian combined gas and electric Demand Side Management program budgets reached $9.6 billion in 2013, representing a 2 percent increase over 2012 DSM budgets.

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A year-long study by the Arizona Department of Health Services concludes that smart meters pose no hazard to the health of Arizona residents.


Chattanooga, Tenn., has been known primarily for its Choo Choo, but lately it has been getting attention for a much faster form of transportation: electrons.

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