Just like lead in petrol and asbestos (remember when they were deemed officially “safe”), there are steps that can be taken and alternative ways of doing things that can lighten electromagnetic exposure.
On this page, you can see what it is possible to do right now to help clean up the airwaves. For future technologies and ways forward, see Future Solutions.
- Go wired – Faster and more secure than WiFi, most devices have the facility to connect to the internet via an Ethernet port, or failing that, via a USB to Ethernet adaptor. You can then switch off your home WiFi and enjoy the luxury of cleaner airwaves.
- Switch off WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. on end user devices such as laptops and smart phones when not in use, or place them in “Air-plane Mode”.
- DLan – Don’t want all that extra wiring but still want the internet in every room? A DLan network will enable you to receive the internet through your mains power sockets, meaning you’ll only need a very short cable from the mains socket to your Ethernet capable device.
- Sleep with your phone off or in “Air-Plane Mode”|. If it must be on, keep it as far away as possible from your head. If you are relying on the phone for a wake up alarm, remember, some phones will turn themselves back on for an alarm – handy!
- Don’t call, text – A simple text message exposes you and those around you to a tiny fraction of the radiation normally experienced when on a cellphone call.
- If you must call, make calls outside and away from others. Especially do not make calls in cars, busses or trains as the metal frames of vehicles can reflect and distort signals. This simply causes the phone to ramp up the power.
- Don’t surf on your phone – Use a wired computer.
- Keep your mobile in a bag, not a pocket. Especially keep it out of bras and trouser pockets.
- Try not to use cordless phones – For the most part, cordless phones are an unnecessary luxury. If you must have a cordless phone, however, ensure to choose one that isn’t constantly transmitting (as most do) such as the Siemens Gigaset C595, although it must be set to “Eco Plus” mode.
- Avoid using Bluetooth devices wherever possible – Bluetooth isn’t the worst offender of the polluting technologies being only a short range wireless protocol, however it is usually used close to the body and over extended periods, making it worth avoiding.
- Choose the right phone – If you must have a smart phone, make sure you get one that will enable you to disable things like Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. Some phones make this process extremely difficult, leaving users constantly exposed to devices radiating irrelevant and unnecessary data.