All electrical contracting companies—especially those involved in low-voltage work—rely on technology. Sprig Electric considers technology to be one of its most important competitive advantages, along with efficiency and personal service.
In the widening embrace of renewable energy, cities have become a catalyst. For example, San Francisco recently approved an ordinance requiring solar panels on all new residential and commercial buildings constructed in the city beginning in January 2017.
It’s that time again when we call on expert pollsters to help us learn more about our readers and the work they are doing in the field. More than 2,400 of you responded to our questionnaire earlier this year, through snail mail or online, describing the work you did in 2015.
A while back, I wrote about a house with 14 kilowatts (kW) of solar panels installed on the southern exposure roof. Voltage and current monitoring at the breaker panel prior to the solar panel installation had shown 10–12-volt (V) deep sags occurring as frequently as every 22 minutes.
A June 2016 report, "Market Data: IoT for Residential Energy Customers," published by Navigant Research, examines the global market for devices and services that are considered to be part of the residential "Internet of Things" (IoT), including forecasts for shipments, installed base, average sellin
In Southern California, large multifamily residential projects are growing vertically—in towers, high rises and other multibuilding complexes. Orange County electrical contractor SBE Contracting (formerly Stout and Burg) is front and center of this movement.
The state of Nevada’s rapidly growing residential solar-power industry ground to a halt in January 2016, as public utility commissioners approved a new rate structure that effectively erases state-level incentives for rooftop-solar installations.
As controversies continue over the growth of residential solar-power installations and the various policies that support them, one state is standing by its program. In doing so, it has set an example for how to strike a balance between the needs of customers and utilities.
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.
Utility companies have driven smart-meter installation in homes. Now, touting the amount of useful data smart meters can provide, utilities and building owners are setting their sights on commercial and industrial buildings through submetering.
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).
The global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging market is closely tied to the state of PEV sales and is entering a phase where electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is becoming a commodity, according to Navigant Research.
Our Houses—or, at least, the houses of the tech-savviest among us—are getting closer to running autonomously. Now, it’s not just that you can open your garage door or turn on your living room lights from a smartphone app.
In the new reality of resilient construction, there may be no place like home. According to McGraw-Hill Construction, green-built homes will represent as much as 38 percent of the residential market by 2016.
the North American geothermal market is expected to reach $147.6 million in revenue by 2017. Opportunities abound for electrical contractors to bring cost-effective heating and cooling options to their residential customers, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
One of the many advantages smart meters were intended to bring to electric utilities and their residential customers was the ability to implement time-of-use (TOU) rates to help reduce peak-time electricity demand.
Residential interior lighting is as much art as science. A good residential lighting design is functional and comfortable, blends with the architecture and decor, and helps the owner personalize their home. The result is experienced as work, leisure, living, showcase, castle and sanctuary.