4 Time-Saving Tips for Electrical Contractors
Electrical contractors are often tasked with doing more with less. Challenges like skilled labor shortages and rising costs contribute to an increasing need for improved productivity, and in the face of tight budgets or deadlines, this can often be difficult to achieve.
While it may seem daunting, it’s important to view increasing productivity as an incremental process. By focusing on key areas and understanding how to address them, electrical contractors can quickly begin to save time, cut costs, and become more productive.
Let’s look at a few time-saving tips for electrical contractors that contribute to increased productivity—from project-level considerations to day-to-day optimizations.
Time-Saving Tips for Electrical Contractors
1. Start with Communication
When it comes to saving time on projects, start by assessing how effectively you’re communicating with your team. Strong communication is essential for keeping projects on schedule—from minimizing errors to ensuring your team has what they need to succeed.
One helpful tip is to break each project into clear goals with corresponding timelines and deadlines. Not only will this help keep projects on track, but it will also make it easy to communicate throughout the project and address needs quickly. Goals should be concrete, specific, and easy to find for reference.
2. Leverage Technology
Technology can present its own set of challenges, but the potential time savings it offers greatly make up for them.
Construction management software is a great tool for improving communication, tracking goals and deadlines, collecting data, and much more. There are many different software options available, some of which are specifically designed with the needs of electrical contractors in mind.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is another great tool that is rapidly increasing in popularity. BIM organizes and manages information for construction projects from beginning to end and allows for improved collaboration across a project. BIM can often integrate with management software for a seamless process.
3. Utilize Time-Saving Products
One of the most straightforward ways to save time and improve productivity in any project is to use products specifically designed to do just that.
There are many products that fit this description—from tools to electrical components. A few examples are:
- Eaton’s B-Line KwikSplice cable trays as an alternative to c-channel rail or wire basket systems
- Southwire’s SIMpull THHN® wire for easy, lubricant-free pulling
- Hubbell’s Twist-Lock® Edge devices for up to 80% faster installation compared to traditional, screw-terminated devices
- Burndy’s pre-insulated UNITAP™ connectors for quick, tape-free installation
Given the importance of productivity and time savings for electrical contractors and their teams, many top manufacturers have designed products and tools with these factors in mind. Taking advantage of these products and tools can lead to considerable time savings over the lifespan of a project.
4. Choose the Right Partner
When it comes to becoming more productive and saving valuable time, the right partner can make all the difference. Find a partner who understands your challenges and has the expertise and infrastructure to support your needs.
Crescent Electric has been a trusted partner for electrical contractors for over 100 years. Crescent offers easy access to time-saving products from top manufacturers and expert services including jobsite and project management, StockNOW Managed Inventory, wire and cable solutions, and more, all of which are designed to help you keep jobs on schedule and under budget.
Save Time with Crescent Electric
While improving productivity and time savings for electrical contractors is an ever-present challenge, these four areas present significant opportunities for improvement. By optimizing these areas, electrical contractors can increase productivity and stay ahead of the competition.
Learn more about how Crescent Electric can support your productivity goals here, or contact us for more information!