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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. 

Almost everyone agrees that saving energy is the right thing to do. Talking about it is one thing, but actually doing it is completely different.


Are you awaiting your retirement date, eagerly embracing a well-earned life of leisure? Or does the very thought of replacing your work routine with unscheduled days on your couch bring on a full-scale anxiety attack?

Less than one year after raising the ire of solar-power advocates by imposing feed-in tariffs on homeowners with rooftop installations, the Arizona Public Service Co. has come up with a completely different proposal that is likely to generate just as much opposition.


Like so many innovations of the digital age, electric vehicles (EVs) promise to transform the way we do seemingly mundane things, such as driving a car.


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The Sign of the Sine
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If one plots the speed of the pendulum as it swings back and forth, the graph would be a sine wave. At the top of the arc, the speed is zero. Then it begins to travel faster and faster until the bottom of the arc.

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VDV Retrofit Market Seems Infinite
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In the midst of today’s technological revolution, the virtually endless potential of the voice/data/video (VDV) market is the one aspect that remains constant.

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Making the Nut: Overhead or Direct Costs
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When I first heard the expression “making the nut,” I wondered what it meant. Then, after watching a squirrel store nuts for winter consumption, I realized that this action depicted the operating costs also known as overhead.

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Developing an Effective VDV Marketing-oriented Proposal
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Having the proper resources and experiences to handle various VDV projects is one thing. Articulating those skills to a customer is quite another. The way a company develops and presents a proposal is equally important as its ability to complete the work.

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Another Tool for the Toolbox
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While the screwdriver may still be one of the best tools for troubleshooting power- quality-related problems, another tool is very useful in determining the equipment’s susceptibility to the quality of the electrical supply.

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Jumping Ship: Abandoning the Project
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Despite careful efforts at estimating, arranging for manpower, negotiating supply contracts, and other sound planning, a job still goes sour on occasion. Somewhere along the way, you decide you have had enough and want to walk away.

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Marketing Your VDV Services Begins with Reputation
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Most electrical contracting firms hadn’t planned to enter the voice/data/video (VDV) market. Yet, many find themselves responding to their customer’s VDV needs and requests.

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