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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. 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is foretelling a good year ahead for home remodeling. According to the organization’s 2017 projections, in the average zip code, remodelers will spend roughly $6,200 per home improvement project, up from $5,800 in NAHB’s 2016 projections.

As President of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), I am proud that our members work hard to make their voices heard around the country.

On June 1, after returning from his first international trip, President Trump officially announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement. It's a decision that has rocked the political world, especially in terms of international relations.

According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources, replacing T12 fluorescents with T8s or T5s and upgrading to LEDs reduces lighting energy consumption.

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