Knowing the costs

If you were to get a phone call and the person on the other end said that you have won a free gift would you keep listening or would you hang up?   Most of us would hang up.  Why?  Nothing is free, there is always a catch.  Everything costs something even if you don’t pay for it– someone else does.  This ideology for some reason fades to black when it comes to electronics.  We assume that the latest and greatest gadget comes with no strings attached; we see it as a testament to our remarkable handle on technology and superiority of our environment.   At least that is what we would like to think.

There is a cost to energy efficiency that they don’t tell you about.  There is a cost to the latest wireless gadget that you own.  There is a cost to the convenience or easier lifestyle that we all have become accustomed to.   The costs associated with these items are different for everyone.   The cost of items like your laptops, TV’s, desktops, CFLs (curly-Q lightbulbs), dimmer switches, dimmable LEDs, fluorescent lighting and just about all the wired electronics that you have in your home, are costly because of the way they use electricity.   They do not use electricity continuously, therefore they give off what is called high frequency voltage transients also known as dirty electricity.  Dirty electricity has been the cause of many health problems found in a number of research papers.  It would also appear that the amount of dirty electricity is growing.

Next, consider your cell phones, cell towers, smart meters, tablets, Wi-Fi, and any other wireless technology that we now have at the tips of our fingers.  Please ask yourself some simple questions.  If a signal can travel through a brick wall and/or multiple walls of my home, do you think that it can also travel through you?  What is that effect of the signal passing through your body?  Do you think that that signal passing through your body then has an effect?  What happens when you add energy to a system that doesn’t need it or require it?

If you look at the track record in our country, it not impressive when it comes to protecting the health of its people.  For example, it wasn’t until the 1980’s that they there were warnings attached to cigarettes.  It took until 1972 for the government to pass laws to deal with toxic waste and raw sewage being dumped into our waterways.  Some other well know examples are:  DDT, asbestos, lead based paints, and the list goes on and on.  The government is not fast to react.  It would appear that there needs to be a pile of bodies before any action is taken by government, especially when money is involved.

This is where everyone can help and you don’t have to voice an opinion or sign a paper.  It is simply done by what you buy and what you ask for.   Companies will make what consumers want in order to make money.  Companies are in the business to make money.  If people demand better products, companies will make them.  Or you could also just wait for the government to step in and set standards.  Whatever you decide, neither way will happen overnight.

In the meantime, you can have your home inspected and control the things that you can control.  In the last few days there has been interest in what a home inspection costs.  So I thought I would lay it all out for you, for it is my philosophy that the best place to hide is often in the open.   The home inspection fee is $400.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to have filters installed in your home (which I would do) but that cost would be extra (for the filters not the installation).  The filters are designed to ‘clean up’ the dirty electricity in your home.  An average home (2000 ft2) will take about 20 filters.  Just using one or two is not effective or recommended.   Each filter is $30 + tax.  The amount you need will depend on what you have in your house.  I would also recommend a meter so that going forward you would be able to monitor your environment where ever you go.  The meter is $100 + tax.   This would mean that all together you are looking at cost of about $1100 + tax give or take based on the amount of filters needed.  The filters should last a lifetime and you can take them with you if you ever move, the same with the meter.   This is not something that you should need to repeat in the future, granted your home environment stays more or less the same.   It should be a one-time expense per house.  The inspection will take approximately 2-3 hours.   A day or two later I will mail or email you a report, copies of the wave forms that I collect, and a summary of what was talked about and recommendations.


I am willing to travel to where ever you are but know that I am based in Altoona, WI.  So everything within 2 hours driving I include in the cost.  Locations more than 2 hours away may have an extra charge based on travel time.  Discounts are offered for groups of home inspections, or referrals given at the time service.


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