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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. 

Efficiency has emerged as a key element in the transformation of the nation’s energy landscape, and solid-state lighting (SSL) has also taken on an expanded role. Reflecting that emphasis, investment is focusing on innovations in the field.

When the final camera, intrusion detection, or integrated solution is installed and the security system is commissioned, what comes next? Do you simply collect your final payment and move on to the next project?

Every fall, one my favorite events of the year occurs. Thousands of people associated with electrical construction flock to a major U.S. city to spend three or four days surrounded by their peers, all of them invested in renewing themselves and their businesses. Opportunity abounds.

Courtesy of Advent Systems.  Dealing with the sound reverberations caused by the diagonal lines and peaked center of the ceiling of Prince of Peace Church was one of the challenges faced by Advent Systems.

Churches are designed to be places of worship. Pastors deliver sermons. Congregations pray silently or sing and clap. What can go wrong? Sometimes those in the back can't hear the minister. Or his words are garbled. Or the speakers don’t cover the first few rows.

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Battle Over Solar Heats Up In Arizona

It stands to reason that, in a desert state such as Arizona, solar power would be something of a no-brainer. But in Arizona, the issue of harnessing one of the most plentiful and valuable resources has caused a controversy.

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Cool Tools: Knockout Tools

Knockout tools are widely accepted as the best method of punching conduit-size holes in steel electrical panels, boxes and other steel surfaces.

Nation Shifting Toward Renewables And Efficiency

The United States is undergoing a major shift in the way it generates and consumes electricity. In the midst of such visible changes, strong metrics are enlightening—even if they are, in some ways, stating the obvious.

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Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function, Tactic 5

This article is the fourth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part four.

Renewable-Energy System Ordinances Enacted

One of Ronald Reagan’s famous quotes about the philosophy of government bureaucracy was, “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Ideas That Work: Anchoring Solutions, Fishing With Chains and an Unusual Vise
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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

New Paper Touts Benefits Of Integrating Health And Safety

Everybody knows the importance of a safe workplace, and significant efforts have been made to ensure workers’ safety in recent years. Until now, however, there has been no universal metric that can be used to judge the benefits of such health and safety programs.