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Get the Most Out of Your Energy Smart Jagoe Home

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Get the Most Out of Your Energy Smart Jagoe Home

What can you do to make your home more energy efficient? Building a new Energy Smart Jagoe Home is your first step to saving money and reducing your green footprint. Here are 10 simple ways to make the most out of your Energy Smart home and score Low-Cost Savings:

  1. Lower your Thermostat: When you are away from your home, make sure that you drop the temperature 3-5 degrees. This will ultimately reduce your monthly utility bill because you are using less energy. According to, lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees during the work day will save 5% to 15% every year.
  2. Make the Most of Your Low-E Windows: You brand new home’s windows are already sealed from air leaks. Low-E glass Sun Windows are installed in every Jagoe Home to keep the heat inside in the winter, and block heat from getting inside in the summer with the use of Argon gas, use of non-metal spacer, “virgin vinyl” and four-corner welding. Close your blinds in the summer, and open them in the winter to let the sunshine in and get the most out of your new Sun Windows!
  3. Turn Off Unnecessary Water: According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average homeowner can save about $170 a year with small changes to their water usage. Be conscious of running water while brushing your teeth or shaving. Also, bathing typically uses 75 gallons of water compared to a shower that uses about 17.2 gallons on average. You also should avoid running half-loads of laundry in your washer. A full load means more clothes get washed at once, which in turn conserves water and money.
  4. Don’t Wash Your Clothes in Hot Water: If possible, wash your clothes in cold or warm water.
  5. Buy Energy Star Products: Jagoe Homes are all built with Energy Star products, such as refrigerators, range ovens, washers and air conditioners, that all meet energy efficient specifications set by the EPA. Energy Star qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard appliances and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
  6. Keep Up With Your Filters: Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
  7. Limit Space Heater Use: Although electric and gas space heaters keep your feet nice and toasty in cooler weather, they aren’t the most efficient way to heat your home. Many space heaters use 1,500 watts of energy to run and are considered to be a costly way to drain your energy bill.
  8. Unplug Unused Chargers: Cell phone and battery chargers that are plugged in but not in use are often referred to as energy vampires. According to, the average charger consumes 0.26 watts of energy when not in use and 2.24 watts when connected to your phone. Alone, one charger won’t make much impact, but collectively energy vampires can be responsible for 10% of your energy bill. So, unplug your chargers when not in use.
  9. Use LED Bulbs: In 2014, manufacturers stopped producing 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs offer longer lasting light and are more energy efficient than your old incandescent bulbs. Since the average home uses 40 bulbs, switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.
  10. Turn Off the Lights: Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill.  Make sure to turn them off if they aren’t in use.
Did you know…

The lower a home scores on RESNET’S HERS (Home Energy Rating) Index, the more energy efficient it is. A standard new home that’s built to meet the current Energy Conservation Code will score a HERS Index of 100. New Jagoe homes score an average of 64, making them at least 36 percent more efficient than a standard new home and at least 66 percent more efficient than a used home.

Prepare Your Energy Smart Home for the Winter Months.

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Amelia Laster Puts the Finishing Touches on Homearama

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Amelia Laster Puts the Finishing Touches on Homearama: Our Design and Merchandising Manager Gives Tips & Details on The Jefferson’s Interior Design

Amelia Laster, our Design and Merchandising manager completes the finishing touches on Jagoe Homes’ Homearama entry. The luxurious Jefferson Craftsman home is masterfully designed for family living and ultimate entertaining. You can tour this home at Catalpa Farms, a Conservation Community in Fisherville, Kentucky, located just east of Louisville, Kentucky. The Builder Industry Association of Louisville hosts this annual event to showcase custom built new homes at a single site. Each home is fully-furnished, landscaped and features the latest in building trends, technology and interior design.

While about 30,000 people attend the event each year, some of the most common questions are, “where did you get that table,” or, “how much was that sofa,” or, “where can I find that countertop?” Jagoe Homes’ 2018 Homearama home features a multitude of innovations such as an abundance of oversized windows, a floor to ceiling linear tile Plazmafire fireplace and cathedral ceiling with wood beam detail, just to name a few.

Much of the awe this home radiates comes from its construction, but it’s beautifully capped off by Amelia Laster’s interior design details. “With every Jagoe Model Home, I sit down with our VP of Product, Lindsey Hughes, and we discuss the demographic of our buyer in that area,” Amelia states. “I do research on current interior design trends and then play a matching game and select those trends that will grab the attention of the buyer we are targeting. Not long ago I did a Facebook poll with three different trends and paid attention to the age group and life stage that selected each trend. That helped tremendously because THEY told me what they wanted to see.”

During the process, Amelia says that once I have an interior design scheme in mind, she works with the VP of Product, Lindsey Hughes, and the VP of Architecture, Paul DiGiorgio, to finalize the floor plan, features and color selections based on the overall design scheme. “For example,” Amelia details, “for our Homearama home we wanted to be on trend with an open, modern and airy floor plan featuring an amazing kitchen, entertaining space and an Owner’s Suite that would WOW. Navy has been a strong color for the last few years, and it has stayed on top because of its ability to work in any design. By pairing it with black and white and adding touches of chrome, wood and leather, we were able to make the home feel modern and fresh. The use of tufting and nail head details in the upholstered furniture added traditional touches that bring the design to the transitional side of modern, broadening the appeal.

Amelia on her favorite places to shop: “I’m a Trade Partner with several companies and can purchase at wholesale, so I buy from all over. I do 90% of my shopping online because it aids me in planning out the home. I also use Pinterest to create design boards. I always try to Pin a clickable link that homeowners can purchase through if they see something in one of our homes they would like to have for themselves. If I need some retail therapy, you’ll find me at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Target, and Marshalls. With each home, I like to add touches that represent the community, so I’ll seek out local artisans and boutiques to purchase those items.”


Exterior Home Features:

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Elevation & Floorplan
Presidential series, Custom Home Elevation featuring brick, stone and LP siding highlighted with architectural accents
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Exterior Features
Brampton Brick (Brownstone) with (Rustic Brown) mortar; Centurion Stone (Ledgestone Bucks County); LP Smartside Board and Batten (Bark)
30 Year GAF Dimensional Roof Shingles (Barkwood) and 3-Tab Shingle Ridge Gap
Extended driveway, front porch and sidewalk in exposed aggregate finish
Front Door Entry
Belleville Mahogany Textured Stained (Llano) with 4 Lite Clear Glass and two Kwikset Tavaris Handlesets (Chrome)
Garage Doors
(1) 16′ X 7′ & (1) 9′ X 8′ Clopay Gallery Collection Insulated Single Bay Garage Door (Ultragrain Oak Walnut Finish) each with Garage Door Opener and 2 Transmitters
Sun Windows Low E Double Hung Windows with full screens and 1″ simulated divide grille
Fully-Sodded Yard with Deluxe Landscape package and irrigation system


Entire Home Features:

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Ceiling Height
9′ Ceiling Height throughout the first floor, Cathedral Ceiling with beam detail in the Dining Area, and Coffer Detail in the Owner’s Suite
Sherwin Williams Duration Matte Interior Paint primary walls and ceilings (Extra White); Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3 and Bedroom 4 (Repose Gray); Study and Theatre Room (Gauntlet Gray); Drop Zone and Basement Bar (Charcoal Blue); Kitchen Island and Range Hood (Dovetail)
Interior Doors
Masonite Single Panel Recessed Lincoln Park (Extra White) with Baldwin Crystal Knob (Chrome) on the main level; Kwikset Halifax Lever Interior Door Hardware (Chrome) upstairs and in the basement
Craftsman Style Trim package with Flat Ultralite Door & Window Casing, 7 ¼” Base and 5 ¼” Crown; Additional trim details include Open Stairs, Kitchen Island, Owner’s Suite Ceiling, Dining Area Cathedral Ceiling with Beams, Wainscoting on Study Walls, Fireplace Built-In, Owner’s Bath Commode Closet Built-In, Custom Owner’s Closet, Custom Cabinetry in Owner’s Bath, Custom Trim Detail in Theater Room, and Built-In Drop Zone at Family Entry
Winsupply – cabinets, light fixtures and plumbing fixtures
Faucets & Fixtures
DXV Faucets and Fixtures throughout most of the home
Kichler Lighting Fixtures throughout the entire home and additional accent lighting
Bella Cera – Villa Bocelli (Hickory Carrono)Hardwood Flooring throughout the main floor; Mohawk Woodlands Luxury Vinyl Tile (Whiskey Barrel) throughout the main living areas in the basement and Metro Station Carpet (Penthouse) throughout second floor, Bedroom 4 and Theater Room with 8# Moisture Barrier Carpet Pad
Phill’s Custom Cabinets Custom Built Wood Cabinetry
Cabinet Hardware
USB Outlets
Laundry Room, Kitchen and Owner’s Suite


Kitchen Features:

Phill’s Custom Cabinets Shaker Door (Super White), Wall Cabinets to ceiling with illuminated glass doors, supplied by Winsupply
Phill’s Custom Cabinets Painted Wood Hood (Sherwin Williams, Dovetail)
Phill’s Custom Cabinets Large Island with Decorative Trim Detail
Emser Subway Tile Backsplash (White) with Polished Chrome Jolly Trim and Pewter Grout
Phill’s Custom Cabinets 3-Centimeter Quartz (Tranquility)
DXV Apron Front Sink
GE Black Slate Appliance Package (Gas Cooktop, Built-In Microwave, Wall Oven, Beverage Center, Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, Refrigerator with Built-In Keurig)


Living Room Features:

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Linear Tile floor to ceiling Napoleon Plazmafire Fireplace with Black Surround
A/V Niche
Phill’s Custom Cabinets A/V Niche in Custom Built-In Cabinetry
Fireplace Surround
Daltile Ceramic 12″ X 24″ Tile (Florentine) with (Warm Gray) grout


Owner’s Bath Features:

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Floor Tile
Daltile Ceramic 12″ X 24″ Tile (Florentine) with (Warm Gray) grout
Phill’s Custom Cabinets 3-Centimeter Quartz (Tranquility)
DXV Undermount Rectangular Bowls
Daltile Ceramic Shower with AG Glass Frameless Hinged Black door, Recessed Niche and Bench Seat; DXV Rain Head and Hand Held Spray
DXV Oakhill Free Standing Tub with Tile Surround
Renwil Reynolds Mirrors with Black Frame


Basement Features:

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Phill’s Custom Cabinets Custom Basement Bar (Sherwin Williams, Charcoal Blue) with TV and A/V incorporated in the wood cabinetry with glass front doors, supplied by Winsupply
Phill’s Custom Cabinets 3-Centimeter Quartz (Tranquility)
AG Glass Mirrored Backsplash
GE Stainless Steel Appliance Package (Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator)
Bar Stools


Theatre Room Features:

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Apple TV
Apple TV 4K – 64GB
Sound Bar
JBL Bar 5.1 Home Theatre

BenQ DLP HD 1080p 3D Projector; BenQ CMOOG3 Projector Mount

BlueRigger In-Wall 4K HDMI Cable


Laundry Room Features:

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Washer & Dryer
GE Washer and Dryer (diamond Gray) located in separate laundry room
Formica (Carrara Bianco Etchings)
Swanstone Laundry Sink (Black)
Daltile Beehive (Black, Gray and White) with (Pewter) grout


Powder Room Features:

DXV Oak Hill Lavatory Console
Renwil Reynolds Mirrors with Black Frame


All Jagoe Homes are Built Energy Smart:amelia laster
Energy Smart
Tankless Water Heater
A.O. Smith tankless water heater
Air Conditioning
Carrier 14 Seer Air Conditioning and 92% Plus High Efficiency Gas Home Furnace with Programmable Thermostat
Honeywell Fresh Air Ventilation System

Stay on Trend with Amelia & Jagoe Homes on Pinterest, Facebook, Houzz and Instagram • Visit us during Homearama in Louisville July 14th – 29th.

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The Truth About New Homes

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There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to buying a new home. Here is the truth.

A new home is as good as money in the bank. No other investment gives you the financial leverage you gain when you own a new home. Some myths drive home buyers away, so we wanted to clear the air on what is correct, and what is widely incorrect. Here are six myths that we busted to tell you the truth about new homes:

Myth #1: New Homes Are More Expensive than Used Homes

Pretty much any new home can be built to accommodate any budget, so to say a new home is “more expensive” simply is not true. Buyers of new homes have the option to select a wide variety of features within the home. Jagoe Homes provides an array of floor plans that tailor to your specific needs. All of our homes are also built Energy Smart, and include features that are not available in a used home. With being able to have energy-efficient features in a new home, you will be saving in the long run with monthly utility expenses around 30 percent less than a standard new home, and 60 percent less than a used home.

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Join Us for the Owensboro Parade of Homes!

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The Owensboro Parade of Homes gives you and your family the opportunity to tour selected Jagoe Homes in this FREE event!

Tour our new neighborhoods, as well as some of our established communities with new sections, and speak with a Jagoe Homes New Home Sales Consultant to begin your journey to home ownership! The Parade of Homes is a great way for you to experience the exceptional quality, innovative interior design, and advancements in building sciences that help to save you thousands on energy costs.

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15 Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

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Our recent heat spell has got many of our homeowners wondering what else they can do to keep their homes cool in these scorching summer months, without skyrocketing their energy bills.

A cool home is properly maintained from the ground up by being an Energy Smart Jagoe Home. An energy efficient home just happens to be good for the homeowner’s bank account AND for the environment. Drafty doors and windows, along with poor insulation and inefficient heating and cooling systems, ultimately lead to energy loss. An energy efficient home provides year-round comfort as well as peace of mind, knowing you have contributed directly to reducing carbon and greenhouse emissions now – and for future generations. Just as importantly, homeowners save money weekly, monthly, annually, and throughout the years of owning a Jagoe Home.

However, we wanted to share a few quick fixes to keep our home owners cool & comfortable on a tight budget.

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Dust, Allergens, and Other Things That Make You Feel Miserable – Keep Them Out!

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Clean Your Home to Control Allergens

Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, and even cockroach droppings can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in millions of allergy sufferers.  Carried in through the air, allergens can be found on furniture, floors, and other surfaces around your home. While no home can be completely allergen-free, thorough cleaning on a regular basis can help reduce the number of allergens to which you’re exposed. Try these 10 tips for minimizing indoor allergens, and breathe easier.

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Is Your Lawn Ready for Spring?

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YES…….it really is time to get your lawn ready for spring!  Luckily, Old Man Winter wasn’t too hard on us this year, but your lawn is probably still in need of a little tender, loving care.  First things first, take a look at your lawn and see what kind of attention it needs.  Does it have a few bare spots and problem weeds?  Do you need to overseed or start an entirely new lawn?  Is your lawn level, or do you need to take care of a few low or high spots?

RealTourCast _ Jagoe Homes _ 2270 Deer Valley (16 of 34)If your lawn is in fairly good shape, spot seeding or overseeding can repair it in just a few weeks.  You can spot seed to mend a bare spot or two.  Overseeding spreads seed over an existing lawn to make it fuller.  Early spring is the best time for overseeding.

Next, prepare your lawn for seeding with these simple steps.  Whether you’ll be spot seeding and overseeding, or starting over with a new lawn, take the time to get your landscape ready
before you start spreading seed.

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Three Often Overlooked Real Estate Tax Breaks

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Minimize what you’ll owe and maximize what you’ll get back at tax time by reviewing these often overlooked real estate tax breaks.

Like clockwork, at the beginning of each new year, it seems that folks start making plans to either buy a home, move up or downsize, or simply spruce up and upgrade their current home as part of a New Year’s resolution.  And then, of course, there’s tax season. Prep work begins as soon as those big envelopes start arriving in the mail, containing an assortment of tax forms — documenting everything from what we earned last year to what we paid out for mortgage interest.

The first step is to make sure you’re not actually missing any tax deductions and breaks. The tax code is 4 million words and more than 70,000 pages long. But here’s a dirty little secret: most Americans tap into fewer than 15 pages of it.

To ensure you’re not missing out on anything you’re due, consider these three real estate–related tax breaks that are often missed, overlooked, and underused.

taxState and Local Tax Breaks for Green Home Improvements

As the recession recovery made its way into full swing back in 2013, many renters and current homeowners began embarking down a path of buying homes that are energy efficient for a variety of reasons, including cash savings on utility bills.  Many of those improvements are eligible for state, county, and/or city tax credits — or tax breaks. If you’ve installed low-E windows, insulation, low-flow plumbing appliances, tankless water heaters, or solar panels last year, dig up your receipts. Trust us, it’s worth the time.

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Six Brilliant Reasons to Purchase a Home during the Holidays

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holidayWhile others are tipping back the eggnog and celebrating the holidays, you should be buying a home. 

Purchasing a new home around the holidays is not typical.  However, with low buyer competition, motivated sellers, and year-end tax benefits, you may want to consider canceling those holiday plans and high-tailing it to some open houses in your area.

If you’re in the market, and wondering about when to buy a home, take note of these seven benefits and then get in touch with your Jagoe Homes New Home Sales Consultant in your area.  The holidays just might be the most wonderful time of year… to be house hunting!

Outrageous Year End Sale

The month of December is known for frantic shopping and attending countless holiday parties, but not for purchasing a home — and this can work in your favor.  With fewer buyers in the marketplace, the available homes for sale are priced to sell.  Plus, with fewer fish in the sea, there’s less likelihood of multiple offers and escalator clauses.

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Help Prepare Your Home for Winter

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It’s that time of the year to prepare your home for winter!  Give your home a one-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs.  Getting the exterior of the home ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice is critical for keeping Old Man Winter out and keeping it warm and toasty inside.  By being proactive, you’ll lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer.

Windows and Doors

  • Check all of the weatherstripping around windows and door frames for leaks to prevent heat loss.  Replace weatherstripping, if necessary.
  • Replace all screen doors with storm doors.
  • Replace all window screens with storm windows.
  • Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay.  Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors.  Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
  • Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed.

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