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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. 

Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

Bill Gates

As the debate over climate change continues, many figures in the tech industry have been among the most vocal in the fight against it. Now, many of the biggest names in the field are teaming up to form a climate change supergroup.

In November 2015, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) announced a short but comprehensive list of 13 steps to improve workplace safety.

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.

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Know Your Assets

Do your employees affect customer loyalty? According to a recent Gallup poll, 20 percent of your employees who have contact with your customers are doing more harm than good, and only one-tenth are working to improve customer service and company performance.

Rhetoric Heats Up In Arizona Solar Controversy

In Arizona, a state that is naturally endowed to support a thriving solar power market, proponents and the state’s utilities are locked in controversy.

Meeting The Home's Demands

Residential demand-side management (DSM) programs aren’t a new concept. As far back as the 1970s energy crisis, electric utilities had programs enabling separate rates for customers’ water heaters (which was then a typical home’s biggest energy user).

Marketing Your Capabilities Hands-On

Many electrical contractors devote a lot of resources to advertising and marketing their businesses. However, there is much to be said for basic promotion, which can be less expensive and more effective than traditional marketing efforts, in some circumstances.

Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger
Cool Tools: Power Quality Testers

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

$54 Million Green-Energy Ponzi Schemers Charged

In early September, three people were charged with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme that promised green-energy technology, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

The Fight Against Invisibility: Finding a New Workforce

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.