What Your Electric Company Doesn’t Want You to Know – Smart Meters EXPOSED!!

Heard about Smart Meters and how great they are supposed to be? Think again. The Electric Companies say that Smart Meters will save you money and that they are safe. But there's more to the story than meets the eye. Find out the real truth here.

We’ve had to go against the norm many times in our quest for better health. I’ve gone sugar free, gluten freestopped eating foods my breastfeeding son was allergic to, and have tried all kinds of natural treatments in order to avoid antibiotics and other meds when dealing with conditions such as sinus issues and ear infections.

Now I’m not getting a smart meter.

Why not?

If it’s “smart”, it must be a good thing, right?

Well, when I was younger, I was called smart in school. Most of the time it was a compliment.  Well, sometimes it wasn’t but my mom told me those kids were jealous. It didn’t feel like it but in hindsight I think she was right.

Anyways, in most cases you’d like to be the smart kid in class.

And when people say “You look smart” they mean you look nice.

(I guess folks say “sweet” and such these days…..but that’s beside the point.)

So how about a Smart Meter?

Must be a good thing.

Think again.

I got a notice in my mailbox about 3 weeks ago stating:

YOUR UPGRADED METER IS COMING.

ENERGY THAT WORKS SMARTER FOR YOU.

THAT’S OUR PROMISE TO MICHIGAN.

and another letter than said something like (this one I must have thrown out):

Congratulations! Smart Meters will be coming to your neighborhood in the near future.

I guess that’s supposed to make me feel good about this Smart Meter coming to my house.

But I am not.

I’d heard about smart meters, but I didn’t know much about them so I started to poke around.

It’s not typical for me to be excited about some technology thingamabob being added to my home without my knowing anything about it.

I didn’t like what I found.

Now let me tell you the truth.  (Not that I typically–or ever–lie to you all or anything.)

I read A LOT.  And I talked to a bunch of folks on the phone.

And I spent a lot of time emailing experts on Smart Meters and EMFs (one who wrote a post that I will share here soon).

I read articles on both sides of the topic and I even called my electric company several times.

Today’s post is the result of my having digested all of these conversations and emails.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that–

I DON’T WANT A SMART METER ON MY HOME.

And neither should you.

First of all, let’s talk about what a Smart Meter (NOT a good name for this thing, by the way) is:

What is a Smart Meter?

A Smart Meter (also called AMI or AMR) is a type of meter designed to eliminate meter readers (can you say “more unemployment”?).  It’s a fairly expensive piece of wireless machinery that send information about your energy use (how much you are using at different times of the day) to your utility company.

They relay data about your energy

Proponents of these meters say that they will be used to show consumers how much energy they use at certain times of day and that they will help them budget their energy use (and therefore money) better.

Opponents say there are many risks involved.

After doing literally tens of hours of research, I’ve come to the conclusion that:

I DO NOT WANT A SMART METER ON MY HOME!!

Here’s why.

5 Reasons You DON’T Want a Smart Meter

1.  Health

There are sooo many health problems with these smart meters.

Basically we’re talking about the same effects of EMFs (electromagnetic fields).

Now we all know that EMFs have been in the news a lot and that there is a lot of evidence mounting about the health risks of such radiation from microwaves, cell phones, WIFI, and the like.

In case you haven’t seen some of this, or aren’t convinced of it, following are some health conditions that are reported to be as a result of EMF exposure (Source)

  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations and blood pressure increases
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Concentration, memory or learning problems
  • Dangerous increases in blood-sugar levels
  • Strange sensations in the body—including buzzing, shooting pains
  • Anxiety and/or an anxious feeling in the body that is inexplicable
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms

    Scientists have shown that the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by smart meters and digital meters:

  • disrupt the blood-brain barrier, contributing to diseases like dementia and Parkinson’s
  • disrupt nerve transmission, causing attention-related problems, insomnia, heart palpitations, and muscle pain
  • disrupt cell reproduction and damage DNA, causing cancer and rapid aging
  • disrupt the redox balance through oxidant/nitrosative stress

And here’s a biggie.

CANCER.

The World Health Organization (WHO) as classified the radiation that comes from Smart Meters as a potential carcinogen, in the same class as DDT and lead.  Source. Now, I am not always in agreement with the WHO, but in this case I am listening.

And besides, even if you think that the FCC has protected you enough with their limits on human exposure to microwave radiation, Smart Meters have been known to exceed the FCC limits.

There’s been a lot of debate out there about whether or not this type of radiation (RF, or radio frequency waves) causes cancer or not, but some of the studies coming out are quite compelling.  This recent one from Sweden being one of them.

I think of it like this.  Years ago:

-  the government and tobacco companies (of course) told us that cigarettes didn’t cause cancer.  We know better now.

- the government told us that fluoride should be in our drinking water. We know better now.

- we were told that RoundUp would evaporate and not cause harm.  We know better now.

I think these EMFs are a big deal and we are just starting to see the damage.

If you REALLY want to read some downright frightening and well-done research about EMF radiation and health problems, the BioInitiative Report will keep you busy for awhile.

For me, this is all a HUGE deal, considering that the Smart Meter would be right by my sons’ bedroom.

Nice, huh?

2.  Privacy

The data collected from Smart Meters is detailed.

And it’s worth money.

Think about it.

Data is ALWAYS worth money. Companies pay BIG money for information on your buying habits, for your email address, and more.

Technically, according to one of the Smart Meter experts I talked with, Smart Meters could track what TV shows you watch, and potentially what food you eat, if your refrigerator is equipped with “Smart” technology. The fridge could scan your Ben and Jerry’s and potentially report this to healthcare corporations.  Time to start making your own Homemade Ice Cream folks :)!

YIKES!

These are the potential privacy concerns regarding Smart Meters (Source):

Identity Theft
Determine Personal Behavior Patterns
Determine Specific Appliances Used
Perform Real-Time Surveillance
Reveal Activities Through Residual Data
Targeted Home Invasions (latch key children, elderly, etc.)
Provide Accidental Invasions
Activity Censorship
Decisions and Actions Based Upon Inaccurate Data
Profiling
Unwanted Publicity and Embarrassment
Tracking Behavior Of Renters/Leasers
Behavior Tracking (possible combination with Personal Behavior Patterns)
Public Aggregated Searches Revealing Individual Behavior

In California, the sharing of this type of data is already going on.

transparency reports filed by the California utilities companies and obtained by the ACLU of California show that a significant amount of data about the energy use of Californians is also ending up in the hands of third parties.  In 2012, a single California utility company, San Diego Gas & Electric, disclosed the smart meter energy records of over 4,000 of its customers.

Interestingly enough, there is a BIG movement in California against Smart Meters.  Marin County has criminalized the installation of Smart Meters.  Oh, how I wish my hubby could get a job there!

Now, THAT’S smart.

Yes, modern conveniences can help with some things, but are we trading our freedom for convenience?

We really need to count the cost.

3.  Fire Risk

There have been hundreds of fires caused by Smart Meters.

You can see some of the horrible photos and information here, here, and here.

I read in one place that analog meters cause fires too, but I have never heard of that and I believe this quote from Mindy Spatt of TURN (The Utility Reform Network)

Comparing analog to the new meters, she added, “In the collective memory of TURN, we have not seen similar incidents with analog meters.”

In fact, if you do an internet search of “fires caused by analog meters”, all that shows up is report after report of Smart Meter fires.

And Get THIS!

Most (if not all) Smart Meters are NOT UL Certified.

Now, how smart is that?

Which begs the question – if your house causes fire due to one of these meters, will your homeowners insurance pay for it since the device is not UL certified?  I called my homeowners’ insurance company to find out.

They told me that in my case, my insurance would NOT be cancelled, but that if a fire were to be caused by the meter, they would go after the utility company for reimbursement.

They did advise, however, that every insurance company is different, so you should check with your homeowners’ carrier to find out their stance on this issue.

4.  Lack of Energy Savings

These so-called Smart Meters are supposed to save us money.

Well, none of this savings has been proven, and in fact, there are some pretty important people saying that they think the savings simply aren’t going to happen. (Source.)

- It costs too much, and we’re not sure what good it will do. – John Rowe, CEO of Illinois utility ComEd.
“[Smart meter] deployment . . . allows utilities to lower operating costs while increasing revenues. – Frost & Sullivan
– No net economic benefit to ratepayers.” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
(yea for my home state!)
– Smart-meter conversion represents little more than a boondoggle that is being foisted on consumers by the politically influential companies that make the hardware and software that are required for the smart-meter conversion. – Consumers Digest

In this poll, about 1/3 of the people who had Smart Meters installed had an increase in energy costs, and one quarter had them double, triple, or more.

Hmmm…doesn’t sound so good now, does it?

5.  Personal Safety

Think about it – if this data tells what electricity you are or aren’t using, couldn’t hackers get this information and know whether or not you are home or whether your kids are home alone?

No thanks.

6.  Legal, Constitutional and Human Rights Violations

Our Constitution has been shredded recently by many government officials and courts.

Should we let it go even further?

So now we have utility companies forcing this technology on us that:

1.  Is a health risk
2.  Is a violation of privacy
3.  Is a fire hazard
4.  Costs too much
5.  Has no real benefit
6.  Potentially puts our personal safety at risk

Can you think of anything else that a corporation or government entity forces you to put on your house?

And you need to pay money if you don’t want it?

This huge list of violations will really get you thinking.

7.  Exorbitant Cost

Check in your area how much money your utility want to charge you for not getting a Smart Meter.

Our charges in Michigan were really high and our Attorney General pressured the utilities to reduce their fees, which they did.

Now, our utility wants about $69 to opt out of the Smart Meter program, plus $9.72 a month.

Forever.

Come on.

About $120 a year for something I don’t want, that:
– puts my family at risk for health issues
– is a fire hazard
– violates my privacy
– doesn’t seem to really save any money (in other words, it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do)
– puts our personal safety at risk
– violates the Constitution plus legal and human rights issues
– has overpriced fees associated with not taking it

Sounds familiar.

Conclusion

Whatever it is, it isn’t right and I don’t want it.

Next, I’ll share with you what happened when I called our local electric company and told them that I didn’t want their “Smart Meter”.

Seriously, I think I’ll call it a “Dumb Meter” or “Invasive Meter” or “Cancer Causing Big Brother Technology Doohickey”.

That last one has a good ring to it, dontcha think :)?

So now the questions are:

1.  I don’t want a Smart Meter.  What should I do next?

2.  I have a Smart Meter already. What can/should I do?

I am going to tackle all of these questions, including:
– sharing with you what happened to me when I contacted my local electric utility and told them I didn’t want a Smart Meter
– what I have done about Smart Meters coming to my neighborhood
– what I am planning to do

I hope you all will help get the word out. Even if you have a Smart Meter installed, it’s not too late.

I’ll have more ways you can get involved in future posts so make sure to sign up for email delivery of my posts so you don’t miss anything.

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More on Smart Meters:

For Part Two: Smart  Meters Are Coming to YOUR Neighborhood. What Should You Do?

What do you think?
Are you worried?
Are “Smart Meters” smart?

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  1. We have had them installed in British Columbia canada. Since then almost everyone’s bills have gone from around 150.00 per month to about 400.00 to 500.00 per month. It’s such a rip off. I think one of the other provinces has ordered all smart meters removed because of the fire risks

  2. I have a smart meter on my house but didn’t even know it. I live in PA. My electric bill tripled this month so I called to find out why. Nothing has changed in my household. It just my husband and myself. Weather has not been too cold yet. We built this house and lived in this house house 20 years now. Raised two kids in this house. My highest electric bill was never over $200.00. Summer months it runs around $100.00. Cold winter months it might go up around $200.00 max. This month Nov. it was almost $400.00. Like I said it wasn’t even cold yet. We run gas heat, gas hot water, gas dryer , gas stove. No pool or hot tub. It’s a simple 3 bedroom bi-level. She did a basic analysis of our home on the phone and told us our elec should run between $400 and $600.00 a month!!!! She must be on crack. I told her I want someone to come and check my smart meter and she said they will for a fee!
    Was told by PP&L it must be a bad appliance not running efficient. I said maybe it’s your meter not running efficient. She told me that does not happen. So my appliances can go bad but not their smart meters. She said their meters can run slow or stop running all together but they never run high!!! Really!!!
    We are all getting ripped off by these electric companies using these smart meters!

    • How terrible! You should contact the smart meter people in your area and do something. This is horrible. I have heard of some cities banning them so I think it can be done.

  3. Justin Pollock says:

    Your article is really over the top. I think you should try and be less “out there” and biased. Its really extremely evident.

    • Hi Justin. What exactly do you think is “over the top” with the article. And as far as bias goes, everyone has a bias. Are you not biased that smart meters are fine? I’d love to hear your thoughts….

  4. I’m writing to tell you to calm down and breathe a little. Smart meters are not safer or more dangerous than analog meters. The emfs produced are no greater than what is produced by cellphones, the computer you used to type this article, or frankly, the conductors in your house carrying electricity.

    As for a Smart meter being a fire hazard? This is simply uninformed. One type of meter is no dangerous than the other, voltage however is another story. If your house is served with a 480v service, the amount of fault current available is extremely dangerous. The vast majority of residiential houses have 120-240v service entrances, which are much safer than 480v. If a short occurs inside your house, fuses or circuit breakers should protect your house. If a short occurs in your meter, usually the meter stops working, and you may see loss of power. This is not always the case, rarities occur, but I’ve never heard of a fire actually being caused by a meter failing. I’ve heard of fires from improperly installed meters, as in single phase meters installed in three phase installations.

    I understand about the risks to privacy, but you overestimate the power of these smart meters. All the meter will see is load. Volts times amps over a period of time. It will not be able to sense what’s in your refrigerator, or what certain appliance is on, or what show you’re watching. (Which is tracked by your cable/satellite provider anyways) If you are concerned about communication between your smart meter and smart appliances, don’t buy those appliances. Are meters hackable? Well sure, but most meters must be physically accessed by the hacker, so, if you see anyone outside that’s not the electric company fiddling with your meter, you should call the law.

    As for saving the customer money, this comes from action from the customer. With AMR most companies are measuring TOU(time of use) and you are billed according to kilowatt hours used On Peak and Off Peak. On Peak having more cost than Off Peak. Looking at your bill you can see what times are which, and the amount if usage in each time frame. With this, you can move your usage by doing more things during Off Peak time, i.e. washing clothes and dishes, turning thermostat up or down depending on the season and so on.

    Last but not least you mention cost. I can tell you, $120 a year, won’t buy that smart meter, nor will it pay for the installer’s wage, nor for the installation of the infrastructure. On top of that, you may want to check if it’s legal to lock the utility out from THEIR meter. In most systems you own the service entrance, not the meter.

    I’m sure you will have rebuttals, but as an informed and trained system electrician I wanted to bring some “light” to the subject.

    • Hi Graham. There is a lot of information about smart meters and their radiation issues. And the fire issues. Even if the EMFs are only the same as cell phones, adding more and more makes some people very sick.

      From what I have read, there are different people saying different things about the radiation. Here is one source that looks reputable that is very concerned about the levels coming out of the smart meters. http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/public-health-alert/smart-meters-radiation-exposure-up-to-160-times-more-than-cell-phones-hirsch/

      What do you think about that?

      Also, you can turn off your cell phone and your microwave (I stopped using mine) and yet you can’t turn off the smart meter, so it’s a problem.

      As for the fires, I have read articles that state that the risk is increased so I would need to look into that more.

      As for privacy, apparently you are incorrect accordingly to this article on Bloomberg. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-10/your-outlet-knows-how-smart-meters-can-reveal-behavior-at-home-what-we-watch-on-tv.html Could you tell me if you still think what I said is incorrect?

      And it is getting harder and harder to not buy energy star / smart appliances, which I assume you know to be true.

      And I have heard of more and more people (some of them have commented here) about how after the installation of the smart meters, their bills have increased dramatically. So I don’t know what else to say about that.

      I find it very interesting that the utilities are willing to install the smart meter for free, but want money for us to keep what we have, when we can log our usage by internet. Seems very backwards to me indeed.

      I had a very interesting conversation w/ a local utility employee about why I needed to pay the opt out fee. 1 reason cited was that I am not participating in lower costs. I assure you that my bills are quite low. We use very little power compared to other families so I don’t need any more coercion.

      I don’t mean to be argumentative but I think you are wrong. I am, however, happy to respond if you have more points to make. I for sure am no expert nor am I an electrician so please let me know what you think.

      Thanks.

  5. When they installed smart meters in my rural neighborhood in Texas the pain was so bad it would literally make me scream. Eventually it subsided some. I moved to an even more rural area because there are no cell towers within 4.5 miles and only 2 anywhere near here. There are only two meters within visual distance. My health consistently improved for over a year and I started being able to be sleepy before midnight.

    Then suddenly sinus headaches came back. The Tinnitus I always have in my left ear got really loud (sounds like the noise you hear when you hold a sea shell to your head. I never have Tinnitus in my right ear, but a steady whistle started and progressively got louder. The pressure behind my left eye is really bad. I wake up with dry mouth.

    This house already had a digital meter, but it didn’t have FCC on it and it didn’t flash like the “smart’ meters do. We should call them ‘torture meters’ or maybe even ‘death meters’. Fortunately, my room is the furthest from the meter. I wondered why my symptoms were progressively getting worse again instead of continuing to improve. Friday they switched out the meters for a ‘smart meter’ on another frequency.

    That night I couldn’t get to sleep until 5:30 a.m. then slept all day Saturday and then last night never got to sleep. After daylight I finally went out and unplugged the router and phone and got some sleep. I’ve tried covering the meters with window screen wired to the box. I hope they still transmit enough to measure electricity for the bill, but not so much that I get worse.

    No one should use wireless phones (2.4ghz), wi-fi, microwaves, baby monitors, wireless security systems or anything else wireless. If you don’t believe me, go to YouTube and search for EMF and the device to see the readings people have taken.

    If you can’t go to sleep until the wee hours, or are always tired, or have pain anywhere you need to minimize exposure as much as possible. I’ve done what I can. I unplug everything that I’m not using at that moment. There is no power to the outlets on 3/4 of the room or overhead. Sometimes I even unplug everything in the entire room just to get some decent sleep. My next stop will be to sleep in a tent or building or camper that doesn’t have any electricity in it. Or move to a wireless-free zone. There is at least one in the U.S. near an observatory of some kind; there might be others.

    P.S. Thanks for using the GASP (anti-spambot) plugin named after my blog. Small world.

    • Wow. That’s horrible. I am looking at devices to minimize the EMFs and am hoping to hard wire my computers soon. We never use our microwave and are done w/ baby monitors. I use a lower EMF phone so I am glad about that and don’t hold my cell to my ear.

      Have you looked at some devices to help you?

      And I think you and I talked on the phone a number of years ago = in fact I think I have emails in my inbox from you :). Good to hear from you again.

  6. Adrienne, I would have to do more research on the numbers from the Hirsch study, but not all smart meters work off of cell phone signals. Some smart meters use what is called power line carry, I would hazard a guess that these would not give off near the amount of radiation that the meters with cell phone boards inside do.

    There’s a difference between energy star appliances and smart appliances. My hot water heater is an energy star, so are my washer and dryer. However none of them contain the chips required to communicate with a smart meter like smart appliances do.

    I read the bloomberg article, seems to me like they are grasping at straws here. Someone, is going to figure all of that math for a certain show/movie, then hack your meter, convert all of your usage into what you’re watching? All the meter sees is power, volts times amps over time. That’s it. Rarely is just your television on. A hot water heater, well pump, lights, I’m not saying it’s impossible, it would just be easier to hack the cable company if you wanted that information!

    The lower cost comes from the off peak times, in my area we do not pay on peak or off peak. Our rate is roughly .09 cents a kilowatthour. This changes from month to month, based on what TVA calculates. In other systems, their on peak price may be .24 cents, and off peak might be .07 cents. By shifting what usage you can to off peak times, bills could be cheaper. This is how the companies are saying you can decrease your bills. Yet as you can see, if definitely works both ways.

    • I guess I would need to look at it more also – but I would say to contact someone w/ a lot more expertise in smart meters than I have. I will run your comments by someone who does and is in my area.

    • Southern California Edison is spending $5 BILLION to install the Itron Centron Smart Meter in Southern California. The intention is not to save money for the customer as we have been paying 1.6% in our bills for this new communications infrastructure since 2008.

      The Smart Grid is a billing and communications infrastructure. It does nothing to increase capacity or repair our aging power grid. It is a fraud.

      The Itron Smart Meter comes equipped with 2 antennas. The first antenna transmits at 900 Mhz back to the utility company. This one is operational. The pulses max out my Acoustimeter.

      The second antenna transmits at 2.45 GHz to create a HAN or Home Area Network or WiFi to communicate with the appliances as well as other devices. This is not yet operational. I fear the levels of electrosmog to come.

      Both of these antennas also ‘chatter’ among the neighboring meters.

      Even with Opting Out on your own home after the second transmitters are activated among millions of homes there will be no place to get away from non-stop pulsed RF microwave radiation. It will blanket entire neighborhoods.

      All new appliances are required to be Smart chipped using the Zigbee platform in order to communicate with the Smart Meter.

      Yes, it will be possible using these computers to track copious details of what you are doing and watching in your home. General Patraeus admitted such in the March 2011 Wired Magazine article.

      • Wow. Fascinating. Can we get that information from the Wired Magazine? I did a search but couldn’t find what I needed. Thanks much in advance.

        • We have it up on our searchable website which you can access through either clicking on my name or following http://www.StopOCSmartMeters.com. Here is the direct link http://www.stopocsmartmeters.com/privacy-concerns.html

          It is interested timing that shortly after this interview with Wired Magazine General Petraeus was taken town with the mistress story, etc. Perhaps he said some things he was not supposed to disclose.

          • I just searched for petraeus and it had no results. I find that interesting as well. That whole thing seemed very odd to me for sure. I didn’t look into it very much but why would Clinton be allowed to be head of our country and then this?

            • Here is the direct link http://www.stopocsmartmeters.com/privacy-concerns.html

              Not sure where you are going with the Clinton comment. However, politicians are all part of the same cabal. There is no left/right, Republican/Democrat, liberal/conservative. There is only freedom or oppression. The cabal keeps us infighting amongst ourselves while they usher in GMO’s, Smart Grid, fluoridated water, forced vaccines, etc Then when the people speak up they are ridiculed and called ‘conspiracy theorists’. Nope. Just pointing out facts here of government conspiracies.

              • I’m not really going anywhere. Just saying that in my humble opinion that our leaders should be held to higher standards than they are. I agree w/ you on freedom / oppression but typically the conservatives appear to be a little more against oppression but not always. Glad I have God or I think I would have a nervous breakdown, you know?

          • At the same time. I think that overall that kind of thing can’t be tolerated especially in the military. But then it shouldn’t have been tolerated in Clinton’s case either.

            • I really don’t want to go down this line….My point was that the General spoke to Wired and then he was taken down. Coincidence? Who knows?

              btw…I am posting your blog post all over Facebook under our Stop OC Smart Meters FB page. Your article is well researched and has a genuine viewpoint from a ‘concerned mom’.

  7. Okay, a few weeks ago, got the notice they will be “in your area” soon. Someone came today. We have a meter guard across our meter – they’d have to destroy an area of our garage to get the thing off. No truck came. A man with an orange reflective vest over his coat (no name or identification on it) came trasping back here. We’re rural and have a private drive. It was cleared, he could have driven. By the time I got to the door, he was almost back out to our garage driveway, & since I didn’t know who he was, I didn’t chase him down. He was carrying something about the size of medium sized suitcase in his right hand. Then about 10 minutes later, I see him further out on our private drive! Where had he been all that time? Now, he had something much smaller in his left hand, the suitcase thing still in his right. I opened the door to see what he was doing & I found the tag on the door that says “Your upgrade meter is installed. Energy that works smarter for you…blah,blah” By the time I find my boots & get out there, he’s gone so I check the meter. I cannot see any difference in it whatsoever. It still has fluffy snow covering the top of it, doesn’t look at all tampered with. Does anyone have any ideas on this? I talked with the gentleman that makes the meter guards and sent him new pictures today, and he doesn’t see how they could have changed anything out, and hadn’t run across anyone that had this same experience. I’m posting this just to see if anyone has had a similar experience?

    • Weird. So did you wipe the snow off and you don’t see digits on it? Still the same meter?

      • Hi Adrienne,

        No, I didn’t wipe off the snow, just took pictures of it like it was. That’s light fluffy snow you see there. If you blew on it, it would come off, so I don’t see how he really could have done anything. But it bothers me that he put that notice on the front door that a SM had been installed. Do we have some kind of “fake” analog meter?? I had thought the analog meter covers were glass, but this one is plastic. I just know that we do NOT want a SM on our home. Too many people are suffering from them mentally, physically, and even financially from the higher costs they’re experiencing plus there are the fire dangers! We just can’t discount all that information, and don’t want to purposely expose ourselves any more than many, many others do. I’m just hoping that if this type of experience has happened to others, that they’ll see that post at your website and respond. I don’t like mysteries, and I don’t see how he could “get away” with saying there’s a SM here. Consumers Energy will certainly notice that nothing is being transferred for billing if we still have our analog meter, right? I mean if they meter reader won’t be around any more? PS: After my husband looks everything over, I’ll ask him to wipe away the snow to see if anything is under there.

        Lynn

        • Weird. I don’t know what to say. Perhaps follow some of the links in the post to connect w/ some others in your area or outside of your area? Maybe they can help?

          • Thanks Adrienne, I’ve followed so many links & searched so many sites that I’m just giving up on it. We;re hoping that he actually put the note on the doorknob BEFORE he looked at the meter, which would mean, thank goodness for his laziness in not removing the note before he left w/o installing the meter, lol! We cannot find anything suspicious about our meter at all. It still appears to be an analog meter. We will be watching for the meter reader to show up this month, and if/when he does, I want to talk to him & see how he feels about losing his job!

            • Very odd indeed. Well, you sound like how I feel when I get loads of emails and comments asking me to evaluate oil companies. I can’t – there are thousands of them! Take care.

              • Just thought I’d let you know that they did NOT install a smart meter on our house, even though he hung the tag on the door that said they did. Unfortunately, consumers called my husband telling we had to pay $69 to keep our meter and a monthly charge. I’ve forgotten what the charge is now but I think it’s around $10/month. We’re very unhappy about that, but when they’re telling you that you have to pay it or have a SM installed, w/o knowing the exact law that may be applied to that, we had to allow it. Would like to hear any experiences others have had in this regard. For info: We’re in west Michigan.

                • Hi there. Are you in touch w/ this group? I was hoping to write a post about keeping the smart meter off your house. I put a no trespassing sign up and a shackle lock and a guard. This is what I did. I never opted out but they are charging me so I have to fight them now. Doesn’t seem right to me. http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/electric-meter-guard/

                  • Adrienne, I’ve tried sending you 2 e-mails twice but they are just bouncing back to me. It’s in regards to your msg above, but it has some information in it I didn’t want to put on line. One of the notes has an attachment, but the other ones doesn’t.. It says the messages are ‘delayed’ but after 2 days, they just don’t get delivered at all Can you EM me? Maybe if I reply to your EM I can send you the information that I have?

            • Depending on the meter they could have installed an adapter to make your analog meter “smart”. Take photos of all sides of the meter. Look for an FCC number. Google the name of your meter and see if it is of the type that can be upgraded to Advanced or Smart. Finally, contact your utility and inform them in writing of your demand to keep a non-transmitting, data collecting meter on your home.

              • So Maureen, do you think that there’s any hope of telling them you don’t want a smart meter, but you won’t opt out and pay their fees? I tried that here and they are charging me anyway.

                • At the moment, extortion rules. You have to pay the extortioner to ensure you do not get a Smarting Meter. My opinion is to do whatever it takes to keep a non-transmitting, non-data collecting meter on your home. Absolutely, no digital meter…any computer that you have zero programming and upgrade control over will collect data. and do things that you have not authorized.

                  Find a group in your area fighting this boondoggle Smart Grid and push back. They are counting on apathy to push in a totalitarian electrosmog state.

                  • I have a small group. They are doing a presentation today but at present I have no ride b/c we only have 1 car and it’s in use. We are doing what we can. Thanks.

                    • There are small groups all over the world opposed to the Smart Grid. Send me an email if you would like to connect further. Maureen@StopOCSmarts.com

                    • Sure will. Thanks!

                    • Hi, Adrienne. You’ve written a very good article with much for people who are new to this issue to ponder. We in British Columbia have been fighting this for years and we would be happy to share info. with you. Right now I am concentrating on the fire issue which is major. All smart meters are made basically the same way with the same design flaws, many of which can lead and have led to fires, with 1000s across North America. All of the risks you’ve mentioned are real — the microwave radiation is very strong with Rf coming from the meters virtually constantly in a mesh grid set up. Then there are the relay meters, the cell transmitters. etc. Yes, they could have gone the route with wired meters but the initial expense is greater for utilities don’t go this way.
                      A major hazard you did not mention is the fact that utilities are usually hiring Corix to install the meters. Corix hires people off the street, trains they as little as 8 hours and then sends them out to do a job usually done by a fully qualified electrician or linesman. It’s a wonder if someone doesn’t get electrocuted, or appliances get destroyed at each home where the exchange is done with the power on!
                      If you want more info. please contact me or look at the website for the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters.
                      There are many large and active groups across North America fighting these and more people are joining each day.

                    • Thanks for your kind comments. Many many people are not getting their power turned off here. The postcards say that they will do it but I don’t believe that I have heard of anyone having a Corix employee knock on their door to turn the power off. I will be in touch. Thank you!

              • Yes, that’s the EM I’ve sent them to. Tried twice, but they just keep coming back.

                • Hi there. I think that you responded to someone else? Did you attach something to it and did you get an error message?

                  • Adrienne, No EM will go through. Here’s what the error message says:

                    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification

                    THIS IS A WARNING MESSAGE ONLY.

                    YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESEND YOUR MESSAGE.

                    Delivery to the following recipient has been delayed:

                    wholenew {at} wholenewmom.com

                    Message will be retried for 1 more day(s)

                    Technical details of temporary failure:
                    The recipient server did not accept our requests to connect. Learn more at http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=7720
                    [(0) wholenewmom.com. [104.237.147.119]:25: socket error]

  8. Adrienne thank you for the research you have done. It’s very interesting. We’ve had a smart meter for a couple months now, so far so good . I have noticed a slight increase in our bill but nothing too significant yet. It’s weird we got one because we have read our own meter for years & not having a meter man come out will save $? They never did in the first place. Anyway too soon to know any effects yet. I’ll let you know.
    Thanks again

  9. I’m coming here after seeing a link on pinterest.

    One day a guy came and went from our home and, ta-da, we had a new meter. My husband came home and was sort of upset, I’d not heard anything about them before that time. He had apparently, and didn’t want it. He stuck a very unattractive rubber tire over it, I think it may be futile lol

    You have to understand my husband. He’s a good ol southern boy (In SC) and usually everything rolls off his back so when this didn’t, I got worried.

    I realize you’re doing your best to prevent any real conflict in your responder discussions, but I am seriously put off by the “now, now little lady” attitude coming from the massively uninformed men in here. Including terms like “calm down”, and “over the top” is extremely condescending.

    No research is shown in any of the “soothing” replies, just opinion based on conjecture coming from an expertise in one thing that has little to do with the other. Like a pediatrician trying to help you feel better about your brain tumor.

    It’s an antiquated response to any woman with any concern that means any kind of change to something many men feel is fine because hey, why would the utility company try to screw you? Or the government for that matter?

    Before the rebuttals, I want to be clear that I’m far from a feminist. I just like to have any concern of mine, especially when backed by actual research, to at least be given the respect of true consideration. No one posting (male or female) with a contrary view is providing any sort of support.

    Even if I wasn’t of the same opinion as the author I would still have written this response.

    As for us, we’re going solar. Tougher in MI, I know. I’m a Michigan transplant, Lansing specifically, MSU woo! I miss it. Just my people, not the snow though. Ugh.

    I’m subscribing, signing up, or whatever I need to join your blog. If for no other reason than you’re one of the few blogs in this vein that actually has backing and education, along with the good sense it takes to conduct a kind and fair debate. Without condescension.

    • I agree w/ you on the attitude of folks saying this is no big deal. This article indicates it is a HUGE deal. http://www.wired.com/2012/03/petraeus-tv-remote/

      I’m so happy to have you reading here. Thank you for the vote of confidence! I’m in MI too. I like your style :). Hope to see you around again!

      • Hi, not wanting to start an argument, but to offer some more information. Concerning the EM radiation, google smart meter radiation EPRI studies. EPRI is one of the top research organizations concerning electric power. Anyway, they did several test, and in worse case studies, the radiation at maximum is always less than 30% of the FCC mandated. Each of the studies you can pull up has test configurations, equipment and references. As an electrical engineer of 15+ years, (not with them) I find their studies and information invaluable. When I first learned of the type of transmit power of smart meters, I was a bit nervous, as I have a 4 year old. However, after reading and doing a lot of research, plus what I have personally seen and tested, I have no fears or qualms at all.

        Smart meters starting fires is another issue, and one to be concerned with. the majority of them came from one manaufacture, and that was due to a flaw in the enclosure allowing moisture and contanaments into the enclosure causing arcing across the bars.

        Higher billing comes from a couple of reasons. One, the older electro mechanical could not be accurate, and the new one is. Two, when the new meter was installed, the billing structure changed from total to peak demand or time of use. Three, the meter was programmed incorrectly. In any case call the utility and request a meter verification test. Demand they test it in the socket to verify it is correctly metering your location. If they won’t comply, ask them for the as found test of the old meter and look at its accuracy at the time of the removal. If they do not have this information, contact the local regulatory board.

        You have a very well written and informative article, good luck in all you do.

        • Thanks for commenting, Eric. I don’t know enough about EPRI but couldn’t it be the case that there are some that send out more radiation? I have read many reports of people testing them and saying that the radiation is much higher than is typically reported.

          As for the billing, why could the old meters not be accurate?

          For me, regardless of whether or not the meters are less than 30% of the FCC mandates, when we add all of these EMF producing devices, it ends up being a concern to me. Cell phones, WIFI, smart meters, cell towers….I think it’s all too much and I would like to reduce whatever I have the capability to reduce. I would love to hear what your thoughts are on that.

          Thanks for the compliment :).

  10. You are simply an idiot, go back to the dark ages and live without if you want, but dont spread your {expletive deleted by blog owner}.