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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. 

Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger

Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create.

The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.

While employment in the construction sector has generally enjoyed steady growth over the last 20 months, one element has remained stubbornly weak: the number of skilled workers. The problem is not new, and it persists.

The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels.

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Giving Customers What They Want

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Orlando, Fla.-based Hughes Supply, and Hughes is showing appreciation for its customers by partying at a series of celebrations across the country.

Fire Alarm Follow-Through

Because a fire alarm system installation falls in Division 16 of the project specifications for new buildings, the electrical contractor normally will purchase the equipment and install the system.

Developing a Marketing Strategy

There has always been confusion regarding the differences between marketing and sales. The confusion is initiated when contractors discover that the most important task of marketing is not selling.

Supplemental or Supplementary?

Supplemental and supplementary grounding electrodes are very similar in name but vastly different in their permitted uses. Understanding the differences in these two electrodes can be critical in providing a safe, Code-compliant installation.

CAD: Cutting Out the Clicks

Growing numbers of electrical contractors are trying out new technology to increase their efficiency—some products with more success than others. But the CAD (computer-aided design) system has become a staple that contractors cannot ignore.

One-Stop Shopping

Design/build has been with us for thousands of years––probably since the 15th-century Incas built their great empires in Peru. As meticulous workers who knew how to build structures that would last an eternity, they worked as a unified team to deliver impenetrable fortresses.

Hospitality Vegas-style

Situated on the south side of the Las Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay Resort boasts a variety of facilities and amenities, including a casino, 3,400-room hotel tower, spa, golf course, theater, 12,000-seat arena and an aquarium. It’s a healthy mix of hospitality and gaming all its own.