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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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Pool Repairs And Cleanings: How Much You're Supposed To Tip

When a professional comes to your home to provide a specific service, it's polite to give them a little something extra. But knowing how much and exactly what -- and when -- to give it isn't easy to figure out. Follow this guide to better understand how to show a pool contractor or cleaner, such as Pool Service Co., how much you really appreciate a job well done. 

Tipping for Repairs

Tipping your pool contractor for repairs can be tricky. Some companies may add in an additional service charge that serves as a bonus or type of gratuity for the contractor. Read through your paperwork carefully or, if you're not sure if a tip is included, just call and ask. Pool repairs are costly and can require your contractor to spend hours at your home. Don't worry about tipping him or her based on a percentage of the final cost of the work -- that can add up quickly!

Instead, offer him or her an added bonus of $10 to $50. It really just depends on how many contractors show up and how long they are there. For instance, if two workers come to repair your pump and get the work done in an hour, give them each about $10 to $20. But if you have one pool contractor who has to replace your pump by him or herself, requiring them to be at your home for a while, consider giving him or her as much as $50 at the end of the job.

Tipping for Cleanings

The man or woman who comes out to regularly clean your pool knows your needs. They're at your home regularly -- and might even have a key. This person knows your pets, your kids and exactly where to place your rafts and pool toys after a cleaning. At the end of the season, give your pool cleaning person a tip that's equivalent to the cost of a visit. As an example, if he or she charges you $50 per cleaning, give them an additional $50 at the end of the season. 

Giving an Extra Thank You

Pool contractors and cleaners work in very hot conditions. In addition to giving him or her a little cash bonus, provide cold drinks. When you see him or her out there, take out a bottle of water, sports drink, soda or ice tea. If this worker is one who regularly comes to your home, find out what he or she likes to drink and keep it in your refrigerator. Movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates or gas cards are other alternative things you can offer your pool service person instead of -- or in addition to -- a cash bonus.

Just so that the tip or gift card isn't confused with paying for the services themselves, place the gratuity in an envelope with a thank you card.