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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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The purpose of a fish tape hasn’t changed over time. Just like the first enclosed coil of wire introduced more than 50 years ago, today’s fish tapes are used to pull wire through conduit, in wall space, beneath subfloors, under carpet, and through other difficult-to-access spaces.


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Building intelligence provider WegoWise recently announced that utility bills for inefficient buildings can cost up to eight times more than bills for efficient buildings.


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Keeping Pace: Low-voltage Training
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For low-voltage contractors, keeping up with the technological changes in the voice/data/video industry means continuing education is necessary.

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Future Of Remodeling Trending Toward The Electrical

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So much is happening in the realms of power generation, electronics and technology, it’s easy to overlook that many of these changes don’t always touch the average consumer.

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Tool Tracking
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Keeping track of tools is 
important for electrical contracting companies of every size. Tools are company assets, and losing or misplacing tools wastes valuable time and money to locate or replace them.


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Renewable Power Takes To The Skies

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It’s well-known in the recent history of transformative technology that many innovations first came as military breakthroughs. Radar, microwave radiation, GPS and the Internet, for example, had a profound impact on warcraft before they so dramatically altered society and consumerism.

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HMT Electric Inc., Escondido, Calif., was established in 2007. The company, which employs about 100 people, specializes in commercial electrical installations in high-rise construction projects (generally 30–40 stories) that use cast-in-place concrete design.

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