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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. 

Falling somewhat outside ofthe scope of the electrical industry, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] green building standard has been embroiled in a long-running controversy with the nation’s chemical manufacturers.

The fight against greenhouse gases takes commitments from all industries, if for no other reason than their emissions can be traced to so many different sources.


We live in an era when electrical power is mostly indispensable. Electricity touches almost every aspect of our daily lives and drives even mundane tasks.


We had to buy a new car recently. My wife’s car was 16 years old, and keeping it running was costing us almost as much as an entire car payment. It was definitely time to say goodbye, which created another problem—shopping for a new car. 


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Residential LANs: Crawl before You Walk
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Now that home automation has become the wave of the future, many people are seeking residential LANs that increase their homes’ efficiency.

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Earn and Learn with Lutron
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Electrical contractors can learn about lighting control and dimming systems that increase profitability while adding value through manufacturer training programs.

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How Far and Deep Can You See?
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Your contract may involve new construction or rehabilitation of an existing facility. In both cases, the contract will likely contain a site inspection clause requiring you to familiarize yourself with existing conditions and take those conditions into account in your estimating and scheduling.

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An Ounce of Prevention
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When I went through “Firefighter 101” training, the instructors emphasized that the primary purpose of a fire department is to prevent fires, not to put them out. The old adage that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies to the power quality world as well.

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Closing Manual and Computer Estimates
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If your estimate has followed any organized standard, assembling the factors should be less confusing than it is to those starting from scratch. Investing minimal time earlier to organize the estimate can make the final price one that the estimator can support.

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Backup Power Systems Provide the Most Reliable, Uninterrupted Power
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Blackouts, brownouts, surges, and outages cause downtime—costly downtime in many cases. With billions of dollars at stake, backup power strategies are no longer optional. They are a necessary way of ensuring reliable power. That peace of mind requires carefully planned strategies.

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Servicing Emergency and Standby Power Systems
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Emergency and standby power systems provide electric power to critical loads in commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.

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