The Electrical Connection

6 Ways to Lower Your Electricity Bill This Summer

Posted on Tuesday Jul 16, 2019 | bills, electric, electricity, energy, reduce, savings,

Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the typical U. S. Residential household will use approximately 3,080 kilowatt hours of electricity this summer.... {Read More}

McNaughton-McKay Electric Company Expands Georgia Service Area

Posted on Monday Jun 24, 2019

McNaughton-McKay Logo McNaughton-McKay Electric Company announces the expansion of its southern region with four locations in Middle and Southwest Georgia. These new stores, located in Albany, Columbus, LaGrange and Thomasville, Georgia will extend McNaughton-McKay’s coverage for Rockwell Automation from Northwest Georgia into eastern Alabama and southward to the Florida line.... {Read More}

Why do we have summer vacation?

Posted on Friday May 17, 2019 | holiday, summer, vacation,

Summer Vacation Have you ever heard the story that the reason why school children get summer vacation is so that they could help their families on their farms working the fields? That seems to be the story that many people have heard over the years, but this story is an urban legend. I was just as surprised as you are. It seemed so plausible.... {Read More}

McNaughton-McKay’s Ohio Region Signs Distributor Agreement with ABB for their Power Distribution Offering

Posted on Monday May 06, 2019 | distribution, low, medium, power, switchgear, voltage,

ABB LogoOn May 6, 2019, McNaughton-McKay’s Ohio locations signed a distributor agreement with ABB to partner on Low and Medium Voltage Power Distribution equipment, a segment of the ABB Electrification business.... {Read More}


Posted on Monday Apr 29, 2019 | charging, electric, evs, stations, sustainability, vehicles,

ELECTRIC VEHICLES The environmentally conscious driver is on the rise and so is the number of EVs on the road. These drivers are also a section of your current and potential employees and it’s a great time to start planning for this wave of the future. ... {Read More}

What is light and how does it improve our lives?

Posted on Thursday Mar 21, 2019 | bulbs, fluorescent, halogen, incadescent, lamps, led, light,

The History of Light Light is the smallest quantity of energy that can be transported. According to, “More than 150 years ago, inventors began working on a bright idea that would have a dramatic impact on how we use energy in our homes and offices. This invention changed the way we design buildings, increased the length of the average workday and jumpstarted new businesses. It also led to new energy breakthroughs -- from power plants and electric transmission lines to home appliances and electric motors.” The incandescent light bulb changed the electrical landscape.... {Read More}

Don’t Lose the Spark This Valentine’s Day

Posted on Wednesday Feb 13, 2019

Don’t Lose the Spark This Valentine’s Day Nothing kills the mood faster than when emergency downtime strikes. With a shortage in onsite technical support, requesting an independent callout service can be costly for your budget and your production schedule – not to mention it can ruin your evening plans. ... {Read More}


Posted on Friday Jan 11, 2019 | awards, current, events, family, football, time,

Fmaily Time As we move into 2019, we look towards what the year will hold for us. The beginning months of the year may be cold but are seemingly filled with important popular culture events. For many of them, we are huddled around the television to watch for informative purposes as well as entertainment. ... {Read More}

Calling All Last-Minute Shoppers

The Perfect GiftAre you still struggling to find the right gift for that perfect someone? Do you have a hard to buy for person on your list? Maybe you are looking for an “out-of-the-box” idea for a gift.... {Read More}

Why use rubber portable power cords?

Posted on Thursday Nov 01, 2018 | cord, rubber, thermoplastic, thermoset,

Rubber Cable

The answer is simple. Rubber is more durable in harsh conditions than other materials for portable power applications. Environments that have positive advantages from use of rubber cord are:

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Do you ever wonder what the advantage of using a PESD is past meeting safety regulations?

Posted on Monday Oct 01, 2018

Benefits Beyond Compliancet Permanent Electrical Safety Devices (PESDs) diminish the probability of shock hazards and arc flash. They come in the form of voltage indicators, voltage portals and combination units of the two. These are vital parts of your Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures, but what good are they to you outside of compliance?... {Read More}

Did You Know that the NFPA Offers Free Access to the NEC® Code Book?

Posted on Friday Aug 31, 2018

Safety First The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) vision is to be the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Their mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. The National Electric Code (NEC®) is just one way that the NFPA fulfills their mission.... {Read More}

Electrical Slang A – Z

Posted on Thursday Jun 21, 2018 | electrical, jargon, slang, terms,

Electrical Slang Back in August of 2017, Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M: began publishing articles called “The World of Electrical Slang”. It was based off the website I picked up on this after their 3rd installation in April and thought it would be fun to share some of these terms with all of you. I went through the website and picked some of my favorites. As you see, I might have a thing for food. ... {Read More}

Don’t Get Left Behind Understanding the New VFD Cable Design Requirements

Posted on Monday May 14, 2018 | 79, cable, drive, nfpa, vfd, wire,

Belden Cable

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is sometimes hard to keep up with all requirements and changes in our industry. One of the new updates this year is the VFD cable design requirement released by National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 79. In response to this announcement, we want to help you understand what it means and why it is important to you and your business. ... {Read More}

6 Tips to Reduce Energy Loss Using Fluke Thermography

Posted on Friday Apr 20, 2018

6 Tips to Reduce Energy Loss Using Fluke Thermography

There can be many causes for energy loss in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. These losses can be detected by inspecting for such things as air leaks and systems running inefficiently using a thermal imager. With the right equipment, you can identify problem areas and equipment so they can be fixed. Fluke’s advanced thermal imager can identify hot and cold spots in your facility.

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