Dirty Electricity

by Nur Maisara

What is Dirty Electricity?

One of the most dangerous types of EMF pollution is so-called “Dirty Electricity”. This is when the electrical power lines and wiring within your home contain frequencies other than the normal 60 Hz electrical current (50 Hz in Europe). These additional frequencies piggyback on the electrical wiring and radiate into your living environment.

Creation of Dirty Electricity 

Creation of Dirty Electricity 

Creation of Dirty Electricity 

Dirty electricity is created by many electronics, appliances, energy-efficient lights, and other devices that run on electricity. It is more common now than ever before. 


Because many modern devices no longer use standard AC electricity “as is.” Instead, they must “manipulate” electrical current in one way or another in order to operate.

For example, many electrical devices today must convert standard 50/60-Hertz AC electricity (alternating current) into other forms of electricity — such as low voltage direct current (DC) or higher frequency AC — in order to operate. And many devices now draw power from wiring intermittently, in short burst, rather than continuously. They do this by turning the flow of power to a device “on” and “off” repeatedly, often thousands of times per second. These processes interrupt the smooth flow of standard 50/60-Hertz AC electricity, which creates harmonics and erratic surges and spikes of electrical energy (i.e., voltage transients).


Once created, this unusable dirty electricity spreads throughout a building and even to other buildings via wiring and power lines. As it travels, it radiates potentially harmful electromagnetic fields (EMF) into living and work environments.

Creation of Dirty Electricity 

Clean electricity is electrical power that is free from voltage spikes and drops. Voltage ripple or noise that is outside the ideal sine waveform is sometimes referred to as dirty electricity. An uninterruptable power supply (UPS) can help protect electronics when local power is dirty.

What are the benefits of clean electricity?

Generating electricity using clean, renewable resources has both environmental and economic benefits.

Environmental benefits

  • Doesn’t emit carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury, nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) or particulate matter into the air, water or soil; commonly cited effects of these harmful pollutants include climate change, mercury poisoning, smog, acid rain and respiratory disease.

  • Doesn’t damage the land like fossil-fuel extraction

  • Is made from unlimited renewable sources

  • Many forms of renewable energy use little to no water

  • Helps preserve and protect the environment for future generations

Economic benefits

  • Creates employment opportunities in the green job sector in the U.S.; in 2011, job creation in clean energy outpaced fossil fuels by a margin of 3-to-11

  • Supports a homegrown energy source, helping secure America’s energy future

  • Brings development to rural areas, where renewable facilities are often sited to take advantage of ample space and resource potential

Dirty Electricity vs. Clean Electricity


Dirty Electricity

Clean Electricity

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