Dirty Electricity – What You Need To Know

a broken light bulb representing dirty electricityDirty electricity is volatile and erratic surges of electricity that travels along the wiring of buildings. The normal amount of power travelling along the power lines should be between the 50/60-Hertz AC range. However, when there is spikes that exceed this normal range then dirty electricity can result.

Dirty electricity is also referred to as powerline EMI, electrical radiation, line noise or electrical noise. With the rapid evolution of technology, dirty electricity is quickly becoming one of the biggest causes of electrical pollution in peoples homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.

Sources of Direct Electricity in Your Home


Electrical pollution is often caused by electronic equipment within your home, as well as from the surrounding neighbourhood. If you have an adjoining wall to your neighbour’s house or if they are within close proximity to you then you are also at risk of exposure from their electrical devices and appliances also.

Dirty electricity is also known to come from external electrical sources such as base stations, and it can be transmitted via other conductive elements such as pipework and even water.

Devices within your home that are often responsible for dirty electricity include led light bulbs, computers, solar power inverters, plasma TVs, sound systems, DVD players, transformers, dimmer switches, battery chargers, smart meters, halogen lights, as well as compact fluorescent lighting.

Health Effects Associated With Dirty Electricity

According to research, low quality of electrical power has been shown to be a cause for various illnesses. However, dirty electricity is particularly insidious as it is an invisible toxin. Increasing incidences of illnesses in urban areas have often been linked to lifestyle. However, research is showing that a number of chronic diseases can be linked to electro-pollution.

Dirty electricity has been associated with several chronic diseases, also referred to as diseases of civilization, which include diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Levels of frequency for dirty electricity have also been associated with neurological imbalances or neurological disorders in neurotransmitter levels.

The various health problems associated with dirty electricity include mood swings, autism, arrhythmia, headaches, sleep disturbances, tinnitus, extreme fatigue, just to mention, but a few.

If you want to know more about the symptoms to watch out for then see my article here on the symptoms of EMF radiation.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself from the High Levels of Dirty Electricity

Change all fluorescent lighting

Apart from emitting a lot of dirty electricity, compact fluorescent lights also referred to as CFLs, are known to have high levels of electromagnetic fields as compared to candescent light bulbs. Therefore, it is important that you avoid using them in your home and office, which will go a long way towards minimizing your exposure to EMF pollution.

Change all dimmer switches

a light switchAnother step of reducing your exposure to dirty electricity is to replace all dimmer switches because they are known to emit a lot of dirty electricity. Therefore, it is important that you use the on and off switches instead, which are a safer alternative.

Switch off your wireless router when not in use

When going to bed, for instance, it is important that you turn off your Wi-Fi, which is also known to produce EMFs. What’s more, Wi-Fi tends to emit waves through your whole house, and you may want to use a power strip to switch it off when you are not using it. Cable internet is another safe option that you can use instead of Wi-Fi.

Get rid of your smart meter

Smart meters are also a known source of dirty electricity. Therefore, you may want to read your meter using a safer alternative or opt to buy protectors that you can put inside and outside of the wall where the smart meter is installed.

It is also important to note that radiation emitted by your neighbours’ smart meters can also affect you in your home, especially the smart meters of your immediate neighbours. Therefore, you may want to request them to take precautionary measures, which will go a long way in protecting both yours and their family and the wider community.

Use an EMF meter

Another tip on how to get rid of dirty electricity in your home and office is to use an EMF meter to detect hotspots. The EMF meter is a device that you can use to get readings for electric fields, microwaves, radio waves and magnetic fields.

The EMF meter enables you to know the type and level of radiation that is being produced by devices within your home and office space. In addition, it also gives you an idea of how much ambient radiation is coming into your home from neighbouring houses, cellphone towers, transformers and any overhead cables.

If you want to buy a very affordable EMF meter then see my review of the MeterK MK08.

Unplug household devices

a man unpluging an ethernet cabel to protect against electricity pollutionWhen not in use, it is always advisable to unplug gadgets such as battery chargers, microwaves, printers, and scanners, which help to reduce EMF radiation in your house.

You may want to consider using a power strip to turn off your scanner and printer whenever they are not in use. If possible, it is advisable that you avoid using your microwave and use alternatives such as teapots, or warmers, which are safer.

See also: More tips to protect yourself from EMF radiation

Final Thoughts

It is important that you protect yourself and your family from dirty electricity more so because of its detrimental health effects. Having said that, I hope the above tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from dirty electricity will be of great help.

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