I agree with you that there is reason to be concerned about EMF exposure. The point I was making was that exposure is relative to the appliance and the distance. There are other issues like Frequency, wave length, energy. But that is fodder for a more in depth discussion. And The good news has been stated over and over by my colleagues:
1) Although there are high tension power lines which geographically impact many homes in the Vegas Valley, they are easy to identify,
2) They probably represent less than 2% of all of the available homes in our great Valley.
Best wishes on your move here, and thanks for the great question.
If you are unfamiliar with Las Vegas I can do a search of properties for sale that meet all of your criteria and would be happy to discuss the areas of town that you might like. As for the electrical towers, you would be able to see them - they are very visable.
I'll look forward to hearing from you and helping you find a great home!
Prudential Americana Group
Because we live near a huge producer of electricity(Boulder Dam), and a hub of high voltage transmission lines, (the power grid) we have lots of the huge towers that support the high voltage lines. I assume it is the electrical wiring and not the towers you are referring to. Of course, the towers are not aesthetically pleasing, so do nothing for the view. And, by the way, there may be easements where transmission lines have not been built.
An engineer of out acquaintance who worked for many years for the Western Area Power Administration tells us that the falloff from the electromagnetic fields is geometric, so every time you move one unit away from the source, the falloff is a multiple of one unit. Hope we have described it as he told us. He said you probably get more emf from sleeping under an electric blanket, or standing too close to an older microwave, than you do from being several hundred feet from a high voltage transmission line. (Look at Steve Matthews figures below for example of this geometric dropoff.)
This is not the same problem that occurred in the midwest, where cows were being shocked when they were hooked up to milking machines. That was actual electrical current escaping from old, poorly maintained lines and traveling through the ground.
All that said, if you don't want a house near a transmission line, don't buy one. If they are installed you can see them. If there are easements for one not already built, you can find it by looking at plat maps of the property you are considering, and those adjacent to it, where those easements will show up. They are not necessarily property of Nevada Power, but may belong to the USA, which originally patented the easements radiating toward S. California around the time Boulder Dam was built in the 1930s.
Mike Pristow, Donna Hodge & Associates
Keller Williams Realty
I forgot to mention what the values are of the information below. EMFs are measured in "Milligauss" aka mG. 1 mG equals 1/1000 of a Gauss.
Anyway, that is what those values are in my response below... EMF exposure in mG.
First let me say that electrical towers crisscross the entire valley. However, they are very tall and easy to see, so finding a home that is at a distance that you feel comfortable is definitely an easy proposition.
I assume that you are concerned about exposure to EMFs (Electromagnetic fields). However, I have to tell you that it has been pretty well proven that you get more EMFs by walking past an electrical toaster that you do by living within 100 feet of the power lines. Consider these facts from the Nevada Power website.
Typical Magnetic Field Levels Near Common Household Appliances at 6 inches and at 2 feet away.
Electric Shavers (6 inches) = 4-600 (2 feet) = 0.4-10
Hair Dryer (6 inches) = 1-700 (2 feet) = 0.1-10
Electric Blanket (6 inches) = 22-39 (2 feet) = why would you?
Can Opener (6 inches) = 500-1,500 (2 feet) = 3-30
Electric Range (6 inches) = 20-200 (2 feet) = 0.2-9
Microwave Oven (6 inches) = 100-300 (2 feet) = 1-30
Television (6 inches) = 10-80 (2 feet) = 0.1-8
Computer Terminal (6 inches) = 7-20 (2 feet) = 1-3
Typical Magnetic Field Levels Near Power Lines
Directly under overhead transmission lines Field Levels 6-100 mG
100 Feet Away from overhead transmission lines Field Levels 0.5-15 mG
Directly over underground distribution lines Field Levels 20-40 mG
20 feet away from underground distribution lines Field Levels 4-10 mG
So, if you live across the street from power lines, your exposure is said to be pretty much nil, but with hundreds of thousands of homes in Las Vegas, it is actually a rarity that you will be within even a sight-line of high tension wires.
Bottom line.... not to worry too much about buying near high power lines. You will not have any problem finding a home that you feel safe in. While we cannot filter out searches based on high power lines, since they are so visible, we won't have any problem identifying homes that will not be acceptable to you.
But do be careful around your hairdryers, electric shavers, microwave ovens,and can-openers. Who knew!?
Best wishes,and thanks for reading.
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