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How clean is your electricity?

August 12th 2008, 13:20 |
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'Dirty electricity' is a phenomenon few of us have heard about but it could be affecting the lives of millions of people around the world, according to new research.

Basically, dirty electricity is a power quality problem generated primarily by modern electrical appliances and lighting systems.

Sources of dirty electricity include:

  • Computers
  • Variable-speed motors
  • Television sets
  • Entertainment units
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Dimmer switches
  • Power tools
  • Arcing on power lines
  • Mobile-phone antennas
  • Broadcast antennas.

Until recently, dirty electricity was thought to be a problem only for the utility companies, but it is now emerging as a serious public-health issue - possibly responsible for a host of common illnesses including asthma, diabetes, depression and cancer.

There are a few websites providing useful information on dirty electricity (www.dirtyelectricity.ca; www.dirtyelectricity.org) , but a full report on the phenomenon - what it is, who's affected and what we can do about it - can be found in the September issue of What Doctors Don't Tell You. It will be with subscribers on Saturday, August 30th. If you would like to subscribe, please click here.

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