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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. 

It may seem that running an electrical contracting business is harder than it used to be. Technology can mechanize many tasks and reduce errors, but research has revealed that employee attitudes have a greater effect on productivity than anyone realized.


In an era of constant communication and overwhelming amounts of data, information fatigue is always a risk. In one industry, however, overcommunicating has not caused a backlash. In fact, it has been quite the opposite.


Lack of information has long been cited as a reason why homeowners do not invest in energy conservation, efficiency or management retrofit measures.

Reports that 2013 was the year America achieved energy independence are wildly exaggerated. But something very big did happen: The United States became the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas.


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Working Your Way In
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Many electrical contractors (ECs) view the energy services market as mature with little potential for repeat business. This is especially true for energy conservation and efficiency projects that involve either a particular system component upgrade or an entire system replacement.

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Google, Nest Set Sights On Home Automation Market

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Some of the greatest innovations in history have occurred in products that were previously considered commonplace, giving users capabilities they didn’t even know they wanted. Such was the case when Nest Labs Inc. came to market with its Nest learning thermostat.


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DOE Invests In Distributed Generation Technology

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Wind and solar power’s intermittency is one of the biggest knocks against the two burgeoning industries. As they grow in popularity and contribute an expanding amount of electricity to the grid, they pose unique challenges to utilities.


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New Jersey Towns Back Utility’s ‘Energy Strong’ Proposal

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The impact of Superstorm Sandy, which smashed into the New York 
metropolitan area on Oct. 29, 2012, is still reverberating in regional communities, 
especially in New Jersey.

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Double-Digit Growth In Remodeling Spending Expected Through Mid-Year

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The home remodeling market should see strong growth in 2014, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released in January by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.


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Temperatures Low, Utilities High

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Throughout the Midwest and East Coast, temperatures bottomed out in early January 2014 from a polar vortex, and electricity demand shot through the roof.


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Reporting And Recapitulation
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In the previous two articles in this series, I wrote about how to get information out of a database and into an estimate. So, let’s say you have entered all of your takeoff and have a file full of the selected electrical materials, each with its own price and labor unit attached.

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