Power Strips to Lower EMF Exposures
Power strips can be used to lower exposures to a lot of EMF sources in the
freezer and refrigerator can be turned off from a distance, before approaching,
by connecting them to a power strip.
Just remember to turn them back on again.
of cooking with an electric stove, use a set of portable hot plates on a power
strip. Turn them off before tending the
pots, and on again when stepping back.
electronic equipment – such as computers, televisions, satellite receivers and
stereos – are not completely off, even with the power button in the off
position. To eliminate these EMF
sources, put all electronics on power strips.
space heaters can also be turned on remotely, using a power strip.
water heaters typically cannot be controlled by a power strip, as they run
mostly on 220 volt. An electrician can
install a special switch. Using a timer
is another option.
Be aware that some surge protectors radiate high-frequency EMF. Put an AM radio next to one to find
out. Choose a power strip with metal
housing. This avoids another piece of
plastic in the house, and the metal also shields some of the EMF from the wires
inside. (In a cable, the two wires run
next to each other and largely cancel each other's EMF fields. Inside a power strip, they run about 1/2
inch from each other.)
Metal power strips can often be found at hardware stores and building
supply centers. One brand is
Tripp-Lite, which also is available by mail order (such as Digi-Key,