What is Dirty Electricity?
Dirty electricity (DE), also known as dirty mains, dirty power, or electrical pollution, is a term that describes the problem of electromagnetic noise being on the mains wiring of a house, when it isn’t supposed to be. Basically, your electrical supply is supposed to have just a 50 Hz sine wave on it, but this is rarely the case. There are almost always significant 2nd and 3rd harmonics (100 and 150 Hz in Europe, 120 and 180 Hz in USA), but these are not thought to be any more harmful than the pure sine wave.
Dirty Electricity Effects
Dirty electricity typically interferes with optimum functioning of electronic appliances, creating a phenomenon referred to as power line EMI or electromagnetic interference. Today, as electrical appliances draw power from the main building wiring, it not only gets the standard electricity as initial input but also receives the erratic surges and spikes of energy. Many electric appliances malfunction when this happens as they are not equipped to handle this dirty electricity.
Where can I learn more about Dirty Electricity?
We have a great blog post about dirty electricity which you can find here.