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Misguided Efficiency
An interest in Energy efficiency has again become a concern for American home owners. I say again because in 1973 an oil embargo by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) propelled the United States into an energy crisis.
One energy conserving measure then President Nixon asked of Americans was to lower their thermostats to 68 degrees. As a result of this emphasis on home energy conservation homeowners began probably for the first time to focus on making their homes more energy efficient.
One obvious area that became the focus of energy saving improvements was the attic. The majority of heat loss, as most everyone knows, is through the ceiling. In 1973 - 74 the amount of insulation was very minimal through out the entire house. The ceiling would often, as it is today, have the most insulation.
But the problem or more precisely perceived problem was the attic was cold. Why was it cold? Because of the vents that were installed in the ends of attic. So it was theorized that cold meant more heat loss and industrious home owners began to close off their attic vents in an attempt to save more energy.
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