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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 could be said that the green movement has mastered the art of the possible, lauding every technological breakthrough as an innovative way for society to reduce harmful pollutants, harness renewable-energy sources and allow us to live comfortably in a digital age.

While embraced by Fortune 500 companies, succession planning isn’t often front and center for private and smaller firms. It can be even rarer in the construction trades as daily operations often overtake time for business development.

The success of one technology often feeds another. For example, renewable power and energy storage have each other to thank, in many respects, for their combined rising popularity. Storage helps meet the needs of renewables, and their growth, in turn, increases the demand for more storage.

Little Giant SafeFrame ladder

Ladders have been in use for thousands of years. A quick Google search of “first ladder” returns information about a Mesolithic rock painting at least 10,000 years old, the first historic evidence of a ladder. The image depicts two people using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest.

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Don't Dwell On It

The family home. It might be an apartment, a condo, a townhouse or a detached, single-family home. Or a mansion. We don’t know your life, but most of us live somewhere with lights, appliances and a TV (or two), and someone has to keep all of that functioning.

A Dollar Is Not Necessarily A Dollar

A popular TV show centers on antique owners, all of whom seem to feign interest in learning from experts how old the item is, who crafted it, where it came from, and whether the object is well-made.

Metro's L'Enfant Plaza station, the scene of the deadly 2015 smoke incident in which dozens were hospitalized and one woman died.
D.C.'s Metrorail Suspends Service for Emergency Inspections of Third Rail Cables

The second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States, Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail closed Wednesday, Mar. 16, due to an emergency inspection of the entire system's third-rail power cables.

Where Do You Start?

Electrical contractors know productivity affects profitability but may overlook personal factors that affect employee attitudes toward work and that reduce the motivation to improve efficiency.

Exelon, Pepco Merge to Form Nation’s Largest Investor-Owned Utility

On Wednesday, Mar. 23, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission voted two to one to approve a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. Combined, the two utilities will now serve 10 million customers.

Bosch 18V Compact Tough brushless drill driver
Cool Tools: Brushless Motors

The impact of Brushless motors on electric hand tools is reminiscent of the transformation following the 2005 introduction of the lithium-ion battery, which, at the time, was heralded as the most significant development in power tools over the previous 20 years.

Governors' Bipartisan Accord Promotes Clean Energy

In late February, a bipartisan group of 17 governors signed the "Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future," a joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices, a modern electrical grid, and a plan for a new energy future.