Electrical contractor

I have a major accomplishment to report: I found my first local contractor – an electrician. By local I mean from the community that we live in, North Lawndale.

Relying as much as we can on local resources (that includes contractors) has been one of our project objectives. The more local we go, the more resource efficient we can become. Plus, we would begin to circle money back into the local economy and community.

Project objectives and daily realities are often hard to reconcile. Forget about the local contractor. We had a terrible time finding any competent green industry contractors, point blank. I wrote about our struggles in a post called Service desert.

Imagine our delight when Harrison Electrical Contractors entered the picture. Here I not only had a local contractor, but someone who was interested in working on the project because of the green building components.

It became clear during the first meeting with the owner (Percy Harrison) that our project will be different from how things are usually done. Instead of being told that this or that won’t work, Percy didn’t say much at all. He listened and asked questions. I could tell how the wheels in his head were spinning.

Here I found somebody with the right mindset: “I will work with you to make it work for you.”

This may also help with my other problem or predicament: How can I properly plan the details for the electrical layout without a good understanding about the overall system?

I still have to keep learning while I am walking, but at least I found myself a tutor who will facilitate the process.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

2 thoughts on “Electrical contractor

  1. Marcus,

    Percy was at your open house to answer questions, so I’m guessing that more than a year on since you started with him, you’d recommend him? I’m looking for an electrician open, and preferably experienced with, sustainability-oriented ideas. Please feel free to reply to my e-mail. Other than LinkedIn, Harrison Electrical seems to have a very limited web presence, which is another reason I’m looking for a recommendation (please include a telephone number or e-mail if you you do recommend him and feel comfortable supplying those). Thanks.


  2. Gordon, I would definitely recommend Percy as an electrician. His phone number is 773-216-6474. He operates a small shop which keeps him busy. At the end of the day, he doesn’t much time left over, which explains his limited web presence.

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