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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. 

The 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), released on Feb. 27 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), provides a breakdown of how residential energy use is changing in the United States.

As the need for energy storage expands, consumers are getting in on the action. According to the market research firm GTM Research, the market for behind-the-meter (BTM) storage is prepared to capitalize on this trend.

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The hole saw is a ubiquitously necessary tool. You would be hard-pressed to find an electrician who does not have at least one in his or her toolbox, or an electrical contractor without a hole saw kit or two back at the shop.

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In the past year, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR expanded its already-robust market research efforts to include a new endeavor.

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Three Kinds of 'Blink'

Many of the 5th generation power quality monitors can continuously calculate several thousand parameters (more than most users know what to do with or really need). Another parameter has been added—rapid-voltage change—that also can describe what happens when the lights blink.


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Signing Your Time Away

Two recent cases highlight the harm caused by “no damages for delay” clauses. Both are well-reasoned decisions from Maryland that survey the law from many states. As such, they are worth knowing, particularly because the uncompensated delays were outrageous.


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PV Inverter Technology

At the heart of any photovoltaic (PV) system is the inverter, also referred to as the power conversion unit (PCU) or power conversion system (PCS).


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Estimators Wanted: Alive, Not Dead

Estimators come in all shapes and sizes. Most I have met are not very athletic, except for a few golf games between bids. I’m sure there are many who are very athletic, but let’s face it—on any given day, our most strenuous moment is lifting a 40-pound set of drawings onto our workstation.


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Power Quality Safety

As I prepare to chair the next meeting of the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance committee, I reviewed some of the more significant changes made in the 2006 edition.


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On the Cutting Board

After many months of wrangling, the $70-billion, Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2006 is now a reality.


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I Showed You What I Wanted; I Thought You Understo

There’s an old Lefty Frizzel song with the lyrics: “If you can’t keep your promises, please don’t make them, my dear.” Lefty probably did not know it, but that song sums up the Spearin Doctrine in construction contracts.


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