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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. 

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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

Imagine a device that fits inside a pair of shoes, harvests the energy leftover from walking and stores it in AAA or watch batteries. At the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV) in Chihuahua, Mexico, scientists have done just that. 


By all accounts, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have emerged as the new, efficient source of lighting, making most consumers forget the short-lived reign of compact fluorescents, which replaced incandescents only a few years ago.


In light of the trend of utility customers establishing their electricity service independence with distributed generation technology, utility companies have expressed fears of a “death spiral” as they lose money from those customers and face a diminished capability to maintain their transmission sy

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