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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. 

“Today we are building better houses than we ever built before, and part of that component is that we air-seal the houses. It’s the best thing you can do for an occupant, energy-wise, because the cost of heating is reduced considerably, and a house is easier to cool.

Cooperation, coordination and conversation can pay off. That’s what the team behind the energy upgrade of Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City discovered when the hotel underwent a $7 million energy-saving retrofit, the biggest property-assessed clean energy (PACE) commercial project in the nation.

Researchers could one day turn the smelly gases from landfills, like this one in Niteroi, Brazil, into clean hydrogen fuel.

While the debate over climate change rages, we can all agree that methane gas is stinky, and anyone who’s been to a landfill can confirm the presence of the gas.

With the ability to turn off lights during peak-demand periods, demand-response (DR) programs offer a number of advantages for larger commercial and industrial electric-utility customers. These benefits can include utility incentive payments and, of course, lower electricity bills.

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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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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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Stuck in an 8-track Trauma?
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The leaps in technology and a rising appetite for greater bandwidth steered copper cable manufacturers into new territory where production and installation is more difficult and testing is a gamble. On the other hand, glass fiber and its connecting hardware became more affordable.

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Spinoff Manufacturer Provides Structured Connectivity Training
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At Avaya, Inc., a Basking Ridge, N.J., company spun off from Lucent Technologies earlier this year, Authorized Business Partners (ABP) are fully supported with structured cabling training from the company’s SYSTIMAX Group.

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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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