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?

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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:




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–


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:


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.


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 :)!


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
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.


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.


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. Fantastic article! I am spreading this around!

  2. I agree with you on these “smart meters”. Here in PA, I’ve been forced to pay a few dollars every month for well over 2 years now for a “smart meter charge.” When I called my utility co to ask why I’m being charged this monthly fee for something I don’t even have, I was told the smart meters are at least 2 years in the future, but the PUC gave them permission to collect monthly fees for these “smart meters” even though none of us has them! Talk about embezzling! I’ll be paying all this money for who knows how many years, and then I have the right to refuse the meter, so it’s money stolen right out of my pocket every month. I’m sure I’ll be forced to pay higher rates when I refuse to accept the new meter. What irritates me is that I have been phoning in my usage numbers every month for nearly 2 years now, because I was tired of paying over-inflated “estimated” charges that were never balanced out the following month! It’s really depressing to live through all this nonsense and know there’s very little we can do to stop it! It makes me sick to even think about this!!

    • What on earth??!!??? Don’t pay it. No way. Personally I talked to someone who said that there hasn’t been anyone getting their electricity shut off for not paying the fees so I have no intention of paying them. He also said it’s unconstitutional (or against the law) for them to do so. So I guess that’s up to you but I think we need to fight back.

      There is a lot you can do. I will have action plans. In CA they have a ton installed and they are fighting it.

      Check out some of the sites I linked to. Some of them have fab info but I hope to digest it for you all as I can.

  3. Soo… what if you’re renting and don’t really have a choice? :/

    • Hmmmm…good question. Maybe look into shields? That will be covered in a future post. Can you talk to the owner about it? They need to know as well.

    • You DO have a choice if you rent. If you pay the electric bill, you can have it removed.
      OR if the landlord pays the electric…..1. Talk to your landlord. Tell him/her the risks and that you do not want the smart meter. 2. If he is closed-minded, ask him if he would like to assume your health risks and medical bills, then promptly send him some certified mail stating your request. or 3. MOVE if he will not comply. Sure it is a major inconvenience, but your health is worth it.

  4. Thank you for posting this. It’s all about marketing. Call it a smart meter, or a smart phone, and people think they have to have one or else risk being called dumb.

  5. a smart meter was installed on my house without my knowledge or permission a little over a year ago. cue the start of severe headaches. i happened to read some information, perhaps on line or in the newspaper, about their affect on us. i called the energy provider, FPL, to have it switched out. starting next month, i will pay an enrollment fee of $95 and $13 per month to opt out of this “service”.

    • You do not have to pay. Well, that is what I am hearing. I am hearing that there has never been anyone’s electricity cut off by a large provider for not paying the fees. I hope to touch on this in future posts, but I am not going to pay. I can’t give legal advice, but since when does someone have the authority to make you put something on your home and then charge you if you don’t want it?

  6. Just to let you know my friend who lives in New South Wales, Australia says they fought against compulsory installation and won! I live in the UK and they are on their way starting 2015… and I don’t want one either!

    • Yea for NSW Australia!!!! Would you believe that the installer was on my street within minutes of my posting? Good thing I had my big shackle lock on my meter and I’m off to put a NO TRESPASSING sign on my meter now.

  7. Joanne Peterson says:

    Thank you for your research, Adrienne. I had an e-mail that a friend sent to me about smart meters in Arizona. The e-mail didn’t say a whole lot, just more or less to be against it. NOW I know why, and will take action when the time arrives in Wisconsin to install them. We have not received any information to that effect yet, but you know it’s coming…



    • How interesting. I need to write an update – just after I published this the smart meter car was in front of my neighbor’s house. I know we will be getting radiation from them now but thank God mine had a shackle lock.

      I will have more posts and there are ways to wake people up. Hopefully we can make a change.

    • Joanne Peterson says:

      I take back about waiting until this installation comes to Wisconsin. I don’t want to wait until it comes to Wisconsin, this should not even be something on the table. I had read a few years ago that a way of increasing home energy costs was in the works. This sounds and looks like this is part of the plan…



      • Really? Increasing costs? What?!!

        We have a plan here but I am behind since they are installing now. I am going to talk to our neigh. association and get a showing of a video in town and then get stuff in my neighborhood asap but I am late. Sigh,

  8. I really wish that I had heard all this about smart meters several years ago, when my electric co-op installed them. Since, I have heard so many bad things, including this article from you. I have NO idea HOW to go about getting it removed, but really want to, but like every one else, DON’T want to pay to NOT have it! any ideas?? Are you saying here that my electric company cannot FORCE me to pay extra to have it removed and not have it? (monthly fee for not having a smart meter)?
    where have you heard this?
    Thanks again for another great article!!!

  9. Thanks for posting…we refused the smart meter too and was told we would have to pay a fee, so far there are no add’t. fees. ( but I feel we are always threaten by these big companies to comply with their wishes). We even encouraged my 87yr old Mom to refuse hers. When the meter reader came by her home, he thanked her for refusing the smart meter, because it saved his job!

    • You are so welcome! I felt compelled to share all of this. Did you see my comment that they were on my street installing just after I posted. Glad you refused – how funny about the man being happy!

  10. Amen! and I hope this post goes viral! In addition to the Smart Meter, here in CA they have something called the Smart Rate. The smart rate means on days selected (by the electric Co) you agree not to use electric during peak hours. You are rewarded with a 3 cent reduction in price/ KWH for the first tier. However, if you do use electric on selected days you will be penalized an additional 60 cents/KWH. The electric company texts you the day before a “no use” day. In CA the electric bill is tiered, you pay tier 1 prices until you use up your base allotment (which no one will tell you how many KWH that is). Then that 3 cent discount is gone. Last summer it I used all my tier one KWH within the first 4 days of the billing cycle–no discount the rest of the month (I saved about $8)–but I owed them “no use” days. The kicker is that on a no use day–you need to leave town– because it is forecasted to be one of the hottest days of the summer and if you use electric you will be penalized 60 cents more than the tier 2 price/KWH. SO on one hand you save money–but not because of the discount but rather because you are too scared to use electricity. In the end, you don’t save because getting out of town costs a lot of gas money & meals out while you are gone. Oh and what are you going to do? Better think of something free! And better not tire of it because you still owe them a 14 more days.
    What they don’t tell you about their scam. They sell what you did not use at tier 4 prices. You also save them the expense of upgrading their plants to meet the demand. This scam helps them avoid rolling brown outs–which means that thanks to Smart Rate folks they provide electric 24/7 at even higher rates.
    It was our first summer living in CA; after 2 months of this nonsense we went solar.
    Don’t get me started with the Smart Days plan.

    • I heard about that rate. That really IRKS me – it’s like living in a third world country. Come on. Pathetic. No one will tell you? How “smart” is that? Gah. No wonder CA is fighting these things.

      I want to hear about the Smart Days Plan. Please. Seems like a money making scam to me. Do you power your whole home with solar? I don’t know if I could do that but I am tempted now. Or get a generator and power the whole house on gas. Hmmmmm…… Please keep in touch!

    • Your reply: I heard about that rate. That really IRKS me – it’s like living in a third world country. Come on. Pathetic. No one will tell you? How “smart” is that? Gah. No wonder CA is fighting these things. I want to hear about the Smart Days Plan. Please. Seems like a money making scam to me. Do you power your whole home with solar? I don’t know if I could do that but I am tempted now. Or get a generator and power the whole house on gas. Hmmmmm…… Please keep in touch!
      The above reply was in my Inbox–it didn’t appear after my comment–but I wanted to answer your questions. Smart Days are (additional to the Smart Rate Plan) 15 days between May & Oct (selected by the power co) when you commit to not using major appliances from 2 pm to 7 pm (washer/dryer, A/C unit, pool filter etc). There is a 3 cent/kwh discount for tier 1 and a 1cent/kwh discount for tier 2 for this option and — the vague company promise that you can save up to 20% on your bill. There is however, a penalty (about 60 cent/KWH) if you commit to the program & usage occurs during those hours. Better hope your freezer doesn’t kick on. The plan they give for staying cool if you are at home is to pre-cool your house in the morning, about 5 to 8 degrees cooler than normal so the cool air lasts all day (I’m guessing that costs more than your discount). They say normal electric use during those hours is ok–it won’t make you use beyond your daily allotment (but, they won’t tell you your actual allotment). However, they warn about charging your cell phone during those hours (maybe Smart Phones are a major appliances??) and opening your refrigerator door. Also, if they call a Smart day in May or Oct–you get no discount, but the penalty still applies. IMHO if you want to outsmart the Smart Rate & Smart Days, commit to nothing and just conserve whatever way is best for your family.
      While we are rounding out our Smartness I thought I would mention the optional Smart A/C. That’s a control (provided, installed and operated) by the electric company that attaches to your A/C unit. When ever the Co decides to, they can reduce the output of your A/C unit and you cannot override it. They promise it saves you money (no specifics–but you don’t pay for what you don’t use-right?). What it really does is keep you from using electric so they can sell the electric at tier 4 prices to someone else or to another power company that cannot meet their demand levels. Remember those rolling brown outs? Instead of turning all power off to areas for a few hours (the brown out) it only selects A/C units for brown outs. This means they don’t even have “roll” those kind of brownouts. They can “select all” Smart A/Cs and sell all that electric at higher prices. In essence, you are giving up electric so they can sell it to someone else for more money. You are letting them out of their promise of being your electric provider, when you need the electric (& your A/C) most.
      To address your question about going solar. Yes, all of our electric needs are solar. We live in So. Calif so we get long hours of intense sun and the panels are facing south. We have not had it a full year yet (Aug will be one year), but we ran backwards Sept, Oct, Nov, Mar, & Apr. I suspect May & June will too. July & Aug are great solar collection times but also high demand usage. We plan on taking our vacation for most of Jul & Aug. So it will run backwards the whole time because the A/C will not be running. Even though we are solar I still conserve electricity (more to sell back); I hang dry clothes, only run full loads in the washer, DW & have energy efficient appliances & light bulbs. To me this is just normal conservation. We have not paid an electric bill since Aug and so far they owe us $46. By law we “true up” once a year. I’m thinking about framing that check. Yahoo! Sorry I’m so long winded.

      • So do you have to commit to the “Smart Days”? I conserve a ton. My electric bill this past month dipped to approx $38 per month so I would say we are doing our part. I am going to see how the pattern continues.

        Oh great on the “Smart A/C”. This is really getting ridiculous. I like what one of the first commenters said. Calling it “Smart” allows them to sell more of this b/c you are seen to be “dumb” if you don’t opt in.

        You are selling your electricity to someone? If so, how does that work?

        I do the full loads as well and our dryer is gas (we have allergies so hanging outside isn’t a great option in the spring for us). I have energy efficient everything and as I mentioned above our bill was only $38 this past month. If this continues maybe I will have to look into solar. I can imagine my husband won’t be thrilled b/c I think his family tried it when he was young and it didn’t work so if you have any good resources that would be great. We clearly don’t get the sun you get.

        Love your info. Be as long winded as you like :)!

  11. Kathryn Arnold says:

    This site is invaluable… http://Www.electricsense.com

  12. Thanks for all the information. We are in the midwest, and this is one time I am glad to be behind on technology. Hopefully by the time it is due to hit us, many will have paved the way, like you, and taught everyone else to reject these dumb meters. Thanks so much!!!

    • I so wish I were more behind. Just after I published this the Consumers Energy car was on our street installing. I have a big lock on mine and will do more, but I wish it weren’t here and I had known more later. You’re welcome!

  13. I just read this to Mark and he 100% agrees and has been saying the same thing for a while now. To quote him, “I love that woman.” (Don’t take that the wrong way! He’s MINE!)

    I agree with you too, but he is the one who does the research around here. :)

    • Ha Phoebe! I don’t take it the wrong way at all! Did you guys get the meters? Believe it or not they were on my street installing about 1 hour after the post published!

  14. Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough! I truly appreciate all the time you spent researching this & than sharing it all. Blessings to you

  15. Jennifer says:

    How do I know if I HAVE a smart meter? Does it say “Smart Meter” on it? You seem to have a really good case for not having one…

  16. I agree! Thanks for the time you took to get at this very important subject. What Canadian and US governments are doing with Smart Meters is nothing short of criminal, using an essential service as a Trojan Horse. Please sign my petition! https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/KATHLEEN_WYNNE_PREMIER_OF_ONTARIO_Protect_Charter_Rights_Give_Ontario_Residents_an_optout_of_Smart_Meters/?oDVsoab

  17. Your Neo-Luddite technophobia seems to have missed the Industrial Revolution by about 250 years.

    • Hi Chuck. May I ask what part of my post you disagree with? Thanks.

      • Health: There’s no compelling evidence that suggests EMF causes cancer or any other condition. The World Health Organization didn’t say that the EMF from “smart meters” or WiFi or cellular phones “probably cause cancer”, they only said that they are studying whether that’s the case. So far populations living near cell towers and electric substations show no higher instances of cancer and other conditions that populations living away from those sources of EMF.

        Privacy: Anyone on the internet already gives all that info away for free so no one is going to bother looking to the electric providers to pay for something they already have.

        Fire risk: Itron, the main manufacturer of smart meters, does require that materials used in our meters (e.g. plastics used in the meter bases and covers, insulation materials etc.) from third-party suppliers do conform to specific UL standards for flammability and other safety requirements.

        Lack of energy savings: The smart meters will definitely lower operating costs by eliminating the need for meter readers. Those claiming electric bills doubling and tripling probably had faulty meters and are now being billed correctly where they were grossly under-paying before.

        Personal safety: Facebook already gives “hackers” everything for free. If a “hacker” decides to tap the meter itself, they’re already on your property and will probably just use hidden microphones/cameras or even just hide in the bushes.

        Legal, Constitutional and Human Rights Violations: So far you only posted “sources” who don’t seem to have any kind of evidence of the claims they make.

        Exorbitant Cost: The reason you’d have to pay to not have a smart meter is that someone will have to physically go to your property to read your meter. The monthly “no-smart-meter” charge will only go up as more of the meters are installed. Eventually you will get a smart meter or buy your own generator.

        • Health: did you read the bioinitiative piece?

          Privacy: I don’t give whether I am home or not, or how much energy I use away. Nor the other possible implications.

          Fire Risk: Do you work for a company that makes meters or is that the company that made the meters in your area? I am glad to hear that your meters are better than others which seem to be causing these problems.

          Energy Savings: I think I shared plenty of resources stating that these meters don’t appear to be doing that. Could you tell me which one / ones you take issue with?

          Personal Safety: I don’t give much out on Facebook and we are not being forced to use Facebook or pay a fee. There is the difference.

          Legal, etc. I still state that there is no basis for a utility company to force a certain piece of technology on a home in this manner. There a numerous lawsuits arguing the same thing. You can ask Mr. Burrell your questions directly next week as he will be posting on my blog at that time.

          Exorbitant Cost: I don’t pay anyone now to read my meter and I can report my readings over the phone or online. I don’t see why I should have to pay the fees now and I have heard of cases (some in the comments here) where folks have been paying fees already even though they don’t have meters yet. If these meters are supposed to be so great, then why the fees? And I assume you read about how our Atty General had our state utility reduce fees b/c he felt they were exorbitant and that the savings weren’t going to be made with the install of the meters.

          I still think my points are valid but am open to hearing more.

          • There’s clearly nothing I can tell you to change your mind. The fact that you mention fluoride tells me you don’t believe anything with scientific fact behind it, anyway.

            • I’m open to changing my mind. I asked what you thought about my responses and if you read the information. There is a ton of conflicting information about fluoride. And science isn’t always right. There are all kinds of flaws in studies. Just look at the studies on stevia. They say it causes infertility one year and several years later the studies are all refuted.

  18. At least your energy utility was kind enoigh to warn you. Ours just sent out workers to swap out meters without any notice or asking if we even wanted it. What they didn’t tell you is that you already paid for the smart meter long before that letter telling you it was coming because utility companies had padded our bills for months, sometimes years prior (in the form of rate increases or mystery fees) to finance the rollout of these nightmare meters. We went through quite the frustrating process to have ours removed and the analog meter returned but not in time to save our dog & neighbors dog who both died within months of the installation, and family members falling ill with conditions we never had before or had family histories of having. And the utilities lie through their teeth when you try to have the smart meter removed, telling you there are studies proving its safety (no there aren’t; the meters are new to homeowners’ utility systems so there aren’t any! But there are plenty of studies on the dangers of WiFi, EMFs, etc). They will tell you it will save you money on energy usage. It doesn’t. Ours more than doubled with the meter and dropped right back down after we had it removed. The utility will tell you this is because the analog meter is mechanical and not reading usage accurately (essentially gifting you energy you don’t pay for) and that smart meters are more precise. Police is Florida use smart meters to identify marijuana grow houses and have already made several raids using them. If the utility is sharing info with law enforcement, what other info might they collect and share about you? What about rights to privacy in our own homes? Florida recently permitted its monopoly utility, FPL to charge a $95 “enrollment fee” and $13 per month to those who refuse the smart meter. What are we “enrolling” in by choosing to keep the analog meter we have always had?! These meters were rolled out with no public input and are part of the larger federal Smart Grid plans (which some claim is part of the UN’s Agenda 21). See the film, Take Back Your Power. It lays all the info and dangers you need to know before you subject your family to these meters. There are also numerous web sites dedicated to warning the public about them and enumerating their dangers. Stand up for your rights and fight the utilities. Many have, and won. Some whole counties have banned them. Plain and simple, these meters are bad news, bad for you, and do not supply the benefits claimed by the utilities.

    • Wow. Just wow. We are planning to show that in our city soon. I was just on the phone talking with a smart meter expert about this. thanks!!!!! I am so sorry about what happened to you.

  19. Dorothy says:

    I live in SE Michigan & five of us were in front of the city council against this (smart meter), stating our concerns, asking for resolution to keep our analog, & asking to give people time to be educated. I’ve contacted my representative, & senator.
    There are 2 bills in Michigan legislature, but not moving. I’ve called Lansing office, and bottom line, I’m told to go to the chairman Sen. Aric Nesbitt for senate bill 819, sitting since Feb. 2014. He holds the key for a hearing. Also/& contact the speaker of the House Jase Bolger.
    The house bill 4315 as been sitting since Feb. 2013.
    PLEASE go to their website -e-mail/contact them, put pressure on them. Also Senator Jim Marleau introduced the SB 0819 bill. And Rep. Tom McMillin introduced HB 4315. Also please contact them.
    I’m told by another advocate against smart meters–that if these bills are not addressed by end of this year, they will have to be reintroduced in the next year. This will slow things down. We need to put pressure now. People need to be informed–to RESIST. Protect our LIBERTY.

    Praise God for HIS victory in this!

  20. Is the big shackle lock on your meter that you refer to in the picture above? I just checked and my meter looks like the meter in your picture above, so I think it’s the old meter, correct? Also checked and the first article I read actually said Charlotte is quietly putting in these meters. Wow, I’m upset to say the least and even more determined to leave this city as soon as my husband and I can, and move to the country.

    • Yes, that is the shackle. I just heard it isn’t much protection. I am looking into more options. Are they installing in the city as well?

      • Please do tell when you find out. One place I read they’d already installed them in a lot of South Charlotte, which is where I live. However, I’m quite sure they were focused on the country club areas because those are million + homes. I like to say I live in the ghetto of South Charlotte (middle class homes). Here’s a link to one article: http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/power_city/2014/01/duke-energy-gradually-introducing-smart-meters-in.html?page=all

        Here’s a paragraph from that link: Duke Carolinas started to switch customers to the smart meters early last year. It completed 200,000 conversions in 2013, concentrating largely on commercial and industrial users.
        Starting in the fall, Duke began to convert some residential neighborhoods, concentrating on areas with apartments that require frequent service trips or meter-reading.
        The first phase saw conversions concentrated in Greenville, Spartanburg and Charlotte as Duke has concentrated on building “mesh networks” to make maximum use of the interactivity of the meters.

        • Can you remind me what I am finding out? I just heard that the meter guard I was planning on got broken by one of the utilities so that is out for the time being. I am putting a no trespass sign on tonight. I am meeting w/ a smart meter “expert” this coming week and hopefully getting things moving more in our city. So I am going to do what I can.

          I was interested in Duke for college BTW.

          • That made me laugh :-) Yes you said “Yes, that is the shackle. I just heard it isn’t much protection. I am looking into more options.” Really curious to what you find out, short of chaining a pit bull to the meter 😉

            You would have enjoyed NC, it’s a great place to live.

            • I’ll take the pit bull.

              I was told the electric company can just cut through the metal loop that the shackle lock hangs on. Sigh.

              I ended up at Virginia, which was great too. Duke was a little far.

  21. We were told we HAD to accept the installation. We were given notice that we had to respond for the time they wanted to install ours and be sure to be home. If we didn’t respond, we would be in trouble somehow, but specifically I cannot remember exactly what “in trouble” was. So, can we get it taken out?

  22. Quorlia says:

    In the UK at least the meter is owned by the company. I can’t see how you could legally refuse one.

  23. Heather says:

    Many see drops in their usages as well as they are better able to manage their usage by being able to analyze when they are using the most. Fortunately, our company does not charge more for having those meters. I love being able to go online and see my usage for the month..i was able to see why my bill jumped (forgot that the dehumidifier was stuck on).

    There’s no way ours can track anything but the electrical usage. Of course, other utility companies may have other types. If a meter quits, they can see within days that it has and get out and fix/replace it. If it was a regular meter they may not know for a month. If that happened, they usually based your bill on past usages which may be higher then the previous months and you’d be stuck paying more than needed.

    If one is worried about “tracking what you are doing” I’d suggest not having a cell, internet, or email. If you search for something on one site, watch how many times it appears in ads, banners, on any other site you visit that has those. Now THAT is scary. These items above are health risks as well, are they not? Your cell emits radio waves, if your computer uses wi-fi it emits as well. Those items get plugged in-potential cause for fire.

    • The stats I saw showed that many / most are not seeing reductions in cost. I linked to that in the post. Did you happen to see that?

      Why do you think that there is no way that they can track anything else? There are many many people who are indicating that this is a tracking problem related to privacy.

      We are concerned about tracking of all kinds of things, of course. But at least that is voluntary whereas this is being forced on people. That is the difference. Well, that plus the other concerns.

      I only use my cell for emergencies and that is always on loud speaker. I am hard wiring my computer and I have a low emitting phone so we have really and are reducing the emfs in our home.

      The fire hazards of the smart meters appear to be related to other issues and not just that they are plugged in. I don’t see things citing those kinds of products causing 100s of fires in the US, have you?

      I do appreciate the comments but I think we all need to be committed to trying to figure out the truth about all of this.

  24. Cynthia says:

    You are really really trying to find excuses…health risks are unsubstantiated and the privacy argument is total BS. They can get your electric use info with or without an AMR meter. I’d highly encourage you all to read more about these meters. This entire article is shaky and full of holes at best. I think it’s awful if you all read this without logically researching these claims

    • I am not trying to find excuses. This post was the result of tens of hours of research. Why do you think that the health risks are unsubstantiated? Did you read the Bioinitiative resource that I linked to? I would assume not.

      As for the privacy issue, how about the 4000 customers’ data that was released already and did you read the comment about the marijuana busts? I haven’t had time to look into this but here is an article to check out: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120129/PC1602/301299979

      If you have rebuttals that are specific to these things I am open to hearing them, but to just say that the article is “full of holes” and “shaky” and that it is “total BS” does not make a valid rebuttal.

      That’s like the ad hominem attacks from the earlier commenter.

      Please make a sound rebuttal if you wish to engage in the debate. Thanks.

  25. Cynthia says:

    Quickly let me also say IF and that is a big IF the health worries are real, then all of you so worried ought to not have any cell phones…and watch out when you listen to the radio! And how about when you received TV VIA rabbit ears? Look around….that wireless health worry is everywhere, and an electric meter is the big worry, really????

    • Yes, I do think it’s a big concern, Cynthia, but I do not discount the other sources of EMFs either. I think the best thing to do is get an EMF meter and see how much exposure you are getting from different sources and eliminate from greatest to least. I have another remedy I am checking out as well.

  26. patricia corona says:

    We just got a letter from our insurance company informing us that we could save money if we would allow a meter to be installed in our car (seeming to be connected with Verizon). It would tell them if you were a safe driver, says they!

    I think it will also put you on the line if you exceed the speed limit at any time, it will inform the powers that be of your whereabouts at all times, and goodness knows whatever else it will extrude from the information it gathers!!

    I don’t believe we will have one installed – even to ‘save money’!!

  27. Thank you for compiling this info, Adrienne. You’ll always know you’ve hit nerves when the “defenders” come out in full virtual SWAT gear to attack. Typical corpo-gov shill response method. Hang in there!

    • Hey thanks JJ! I think what’s more telling is their attacks on me instead of on the evidence. Your encouragement is much appreciate. And perhaps you’ve read that the gov’t hires some folks to debunk articles like this?

      • Yep, true. There actually are paid debunkers. There are also debunkers who benefit directly or indirectly from the issue in question; they may work in the industry, for example, and so have great motivation to stop any bad news from being spread. As you’ve seen here, attempting to discredit the author is the streamlined method of discrediting the information offered. Intelligent ppl are starting to see through it, and are putting 2+2 together. I am so thankful for ppl like you, Adrienne. It’s an uphill battle, but keep up the good work!


    There is actually no substantive evidence to suggest that exposure to radiofrequency EMF radiation such as from Smart Meters can increase the risk of adverse health effects, such as cancer – or any other condition. And by ‘substantive evidence’, I mean peer reviewed published studies that have been independently replicated and confirmed by other studies; and has been evaluated and accepted by national and international public health organizations.

    If your online research has led you to believe otherwise, I suggest you turn your attention to some additional websites. Authoritative bodies such as the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, FDA, OSHA, Environmental Defense Fund and several others have commented on this issue. Some further investigation should help to correct your misunderstanding.

    Environmental exposures to EMF from things like Smart Meters, Wi-Fi, Cellphone towers, etc. are trivial compared to naturally occurring exposure to EMF from the sun, and not something anyone needs to be concerned about.

    • So “Doubting”, did you read the Bioinitiative information that I linked to? It’s very very compelling.

      Folks said for a long time that there was no danger of smoking, RoundUp and more. I had a farmer tell me about 2 years ago that one would be safe drinking a gallon of the stuff. I bet he wouldn’t do it if I went back to see him now.

      The FDA isn’t always a source that I trust considering how they are trying to shut down raw milk farms http://wholenewmom.com/reaching-out/could-you-go-to-jail-for-drinking-raw-milk-and-what-is-raw-milk-anyway/, force engine fuel to be put on almonds http://wholenewmom.com/reaching-out/almonds-health-salmonella-food-pasteurizatio/, how they are trying to ban supplements http://wholenewmom.com/reaching-out/fda-to-ban-natural-supplements-in-us/

      and more.

      Regarding the Environmental Defense Fund, they are completely committed to Smart Meters. You can read about their hypocrisy here: http://www.emfacts.com/2013/12/the-environmental-defense-fund-gets-greenwashed-over-its-policy-on-smart-meters-2/

      As for the cancer society and the NCI, these kinds of groups have multiple problems.

      Check out some of this:




      And now we are supposed to trust them to tell us the truth about EMFs?

      Your information about EMFs from Smart Meters, Wi-Fi and Cell phone towers as compared to the sun appears to be completely incorrect. http://drpawluk.com/emf-types/cell-phone-research/

      I find it very interesting that many of you who think my arguments are flawed don’t even leave your real names. Why is that?

      • DOUBTING THOMAS says:

        I am familiar with the Bioinitiative Report and it’s many shortcomings. Are you aware the neither of the co-editors of this document have any credentials in a relevant science discipline? One has no science degree whatever – and makes a living selling products and services to protect people from unsubstantiated dangers. The other is an MD – without a licence to practice medicine!

        The BIR shortcomings have been pointed out by several regulatory bodies, which open-minded folks can find online if they care to look.

        When it comes to which information sources to trust, I generally look to bodies with the expertise and regulatory power to set exposure guidelines after they have looked at the whole body of science. I do not set a high value on individual opinions, even from qualified individuals. Individual opinions on contraversial topics can vary so much that it is difficult for a lay person to choose what to believe.

        On the other hand, you prefer to rely upon anomalous studies, anecdotes and fringe opinions.

        So be it!

        • Hi again “Doubting”. If I show you the holes in the hands I hope you will stop doubting (just a little aside – couldn’t help myself :)).

          Anyhow, I think that there are all kind of problems with all kinds of research but I will see if Lloyd Burrell can’t come over and respond since he is, of course, more of an EMF expert than I am.

          I think that those “bodies with expertise and regulatory power” often have too much power, in my humble opinion, and are often riddled with corruption (as in the case of the FDA and others which I have written about). There are non-profits that have the same problem. There is corruption in many places so one needs to be very careful whom one listens to in many and/or all cases.

          In the case of the governmental agencies, they are one of the least I trust right now. Look at the FDA and the IRS and more. I am appalled at their behavior in recent years.

          By the way, as for your accusation that I “prefer to rely on anomalous studies, anecdotes and fringe opinions”, I will first tell you that (and I do not say this to brag) I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from one of the top universities in the country and my husband is as well. He has 2 Masters and 1 PhD. We are not intellectual slouches.

          I am willing to state that I am wrong when I am, but in this case, I think the science is mounting AGAINST EMF safety and not for it.

          Cancer, autism, autoimmune disease, and more are growing all the times. I purport that it is due to pollutions and toxins (including EMFs), poor food, bad gut health, and epigenetics that are causing this.

          I think people need to wake up before they end up on the wrong end of the statistical stick. I encourage you to be open to what you are reading.

        • armedhippie says:

          She has worn the tinfoil hat a bit too often.

          • If you have something specific that you think is inaccurate in the post please state what you think it is. I think that, as in the case of other “regulatory bodies” there are too often financial incentives for them to not let the truth get out. We’ve seen it w/ the FDA, the pharmaceutical industries, and more. Thanks.

    • ‘Doubting Thomas’ I have to correct you on one very important point. You claim there is no ‘substantive evidence’….no peer reviewed published studies to suggest that exposure to radiofrequency radiation such as from Smart Meters can increase the risk of adverse health effects. This is WRONG.

      What is true is that the BioInitiative Report publication method did not include normal peer review BUT before it was released online it was reviewed by a panel prominent experts (their names were published online) and then it was later published a conventionally peer-reviewed publication in the 2009 issue of Pathophysiology.

      What is also true is the pedigree of the BioInitiative Report, its the work of 29 independent scientists and health experts from 10 countries and as the preface says “ten hold[] medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MsC, MA or MPHs. Among the authors are three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and five full members of BEMS. One distinguished author is the Chair of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation. Another is a Senior Advisor to the European Environmental Agency.”

  29. I have had a smart meter for more than two years now. Has it saved me money. No. Why would it? I already conserve as much as I can. I already know which appliances use electricity. I am not as stupid as the power company thinks I am.
    This is one reason why my husband and I plan to move up to our future homestead this next year and why we are selling our house in the valley. We are going to be totally “off-grid”.
    One more bad thing you alluded to but didn’t expand on is that this is one more way for the government to control the masses. Apparently once all the smart meters are installed and all appliances become smart also, they will not only know what you do inside your home, but will be able to control the appliances also!
    We were scared into getting our smart meter. We were told that if we didn’t accept one, they could turn off our power and sue us! We were NEVER told that we had an option.
    Although we love our nation, we are tired of government control. We aren’t paranoid, these are just the facts!

    • I’m with you on the conserving. I think my electric bill was about $38 this past month. What else do they think I can do :)?

      You are right on the controlling. I should add that in. Did you read that somewhere that is a good source? I think the CA resident’s commentary about was unbelievable about the rationing in that state.

      There are more posts coming so hopefully you can figure out what options you have. I intend to do what I can to fight – plus alerting others is very important. The more involved — the better.

    • Oh, and I forgot to say one more thing – yes, you can get charged for not having the smart meter and here in California they WILL turn off your power! Why? Because if you don’t have a smart meter it costs the utility company more to have personnel (meter reader) come out and read your dumb meter. Unfortunately, that sounds reasonable.
      However, you would think that if you do have a smart meter, that fee (I think it’s somewhere around $14/month here) would be DEDUCTED from your bill because you DON’t need to have a meter reader come to your house. Right? You would think that’s only fair, but it’s just not the case.

      • If the $14 is b/c they now have to have a reader come to your home, why weren’t we charged that before when the readers were coming? Now they can hire someone part time which is cheaper. Plus I can report my readings online which costs them NOTHING. If they feel they need to they can check up on me only once per year.

  30. In shock says:

    Dr. Kathrine Albrecht wrote the book SPYCHIPS ( a MUST read). The products you purchase at the grocery store (think of the thousands of products by Proctor and Gambill, Unilever, Gillette, etc.) are RFID tagged and have been for years. Why? Tracking purposes.

    After the book, I heard an interview with this same author, an update: –

    The Smart Meter Is The Reader For The Home!!!!!!

    Do you understand? The Smart meter reads and reports you have 12 cans of Campbells soup, 21 cans of DelMonte fruit coctail, 18 Gillette razors, and wow…81 cans of Progresso soup! What kind of mischief are you up to?

  31. Nancy Simmonds says:

    Thanks for this post, Adrienne. They are on our street today and we have called DTE telling them we do not want our meter switched out…that we want to keep our analog meter. We told them that what they are doing is against our will. My husband is standing outside waiting for the guy so he can tell them we refuse the installation of a Smart Meter. Yes, we have opted out, but we do not want the unactivated meter installed and we do not want to pay for opting out! We are at a loss as to what to do!

    • Nice. I am going to post what I am doing soon. I am still working on it but you might want to print one of these off for now. http://www.gotofino.com/stopsmartmeterstofinoucluelet.html I did this and took a photo of my meter w/ it on there. This is all a work in progress. I am trying to get info out as fast as I can…..hang in there. They can come when you aren’t home either.

      • Nancy Simmonds says:

        Thanks, Adrienne! We actually contacted a local politician who is now helping us with this. He gave us a contact who will come to our house and install a guard/lock box on our analog meter. We have been told to stop the electric company man (contracted out) from installing the Smart Meter and ask to be put on the “delay list”, that we are refusing the new meter and are in litigation with DTE Energy. We are to then tell him to leave our property because he is trespassing or we will call the police. In the meantime, our lock box will be installed, along with a legal sign attached/secured with a warning against removing or tampering with our personal property. I have received several documents from the man who will install our lock box regarding our constitutional rights to refuse. I think we are involved more than we want, but may not have a choice in this. I will not pay for something I am not getting or do not want…I’m so sick of this! Btw, we are in Michigan near Detroit…

        • Nancy Simmonds says:

          Btw, Adrienne, we were told by our politician to not put any signs on the meter or house about this until we get our lock box installed… I’m not sure about putting up the sign on the website link you gave me. What do you think??? Is this legal???

          • You mean they said not to put a no trespassing sign up until you got locked protection on your meter?

            • Nancy Simmonds says:

              Adrienne, a politician friend of ours just left our house and he talked with us for at least an hour. He brought a sign for us to attach to the padlock we will put on the Meter box until we can get a guard/lock box installed (that will be done this Friday!). This sign sites laws they will be breaking if they cut off our padlock. It stopped the company from putting the new meter on his house, so we feel safe with this. He gave us the number for the company that is actually installing the Smart Meters in our area and told us to tell them we want to be put on their “delay list” because we are “in negotiations” with with DTE Energy so nothing is to be done right now. Then we are to tell them that if anyone from their company shows up, they will be trespassing and we will call the police. Once the guard/lock box is installed, that has a special secure sign that will also be legal. He will be sending me a form letter to send to that company, DTE, along with our representatives, including our police department that will inform them of how they are breaking the law and violating our constitutional rights. I think we may be a part of a class-action law suit, but believe we are a long way from that right now. I just want them to stay off my property!!!

        • Have you seen this site? http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/ and http://www.smartmetereducationnetwork.com/

          And did you hear about the lawsuits going on in our state? I believe there are a few. I need to find out and get on board. Let’s stay in touch!

          • Nancy Simmonds says:

            Adrienne, I did see the second link a couple of days ago, but not the first one…thanks! I will look at that. Right now, I have 6 documents sent to me by the man that will be installing our guard/lock box and am trying to sift thru all that…one of them is a court case and is about 15 pages long… :-( I’m going to sift thru this stuff, but tend to get quite overwhelmed to the point to illness so I have to be cautious… :-)

            • May I ask who is installing your guard? You can email me direct if you like. wholenewmom at gmail. I have a good reason to ask. There is a faulty guard issue going on in MI right now.

  32. Bernette Todd says:

    We have had one of these for a year now, before that we had to do our own meter reading and call it in every month. While this is one less thing I have to remember to do I feel our electric bill has increased quite a bit.

  33. Jennifer says:

    All of this is a crock of **** lol. Not sure where you got your “facts” from but you might want to check them

    • Hi Jennifer. Could you please tell me what exactly you disagree with and if you wouldn’t mind, please refrain from using profanity in your comments. I do have a son who helps on my blog and I would so appreciate that.

      It’s not a real argument to just insult the writer – you need to point out what you disagree with. Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you.

  34. Tabatha S says:

    Good luck to you, I understand exactly how frustrating this battle is. I fought it with my utility last year (Water in SE MI) and lost. They were ready to turn off my water and had done this to other residents. Contact Michiganstopsmartmeters.com if you haven’t already, he is super helpful and up to date on these cases. Start writing your reps and our state attorney, in fact it’s been awhile, I will mail some letters this week too. Here’s a link to my petition/story: http://www.change.org/petitions/james-r-fouts-mayor-of-warren-mi-stop-bullying-residents-allow-an-opt-out-option-from-smart-water-meters

    I’m not looking forward to going rounds with DTE when the time comes.

  35. I’m sorry I read this. I knew they wouldn’t help me but I didn’t think they would hurt me. Call me naive I pinned and shared on FB. I will sign up for your newsletter so I can learn what you learn.
    Thanks, I guess.

  36. Silly me. I already subscribe. Must have missed this post; I found this article on someone’s Pin board.

  37. marierose shepard says:

    a) How can I make sure the Electric Company tells me THE TRUTH what kind of meter I have on my home wall ?
    b) What do they (“Smart vs. safe meters) look like!?

    • The analog meter is on this post and the smart meter is on the 2nd post about smart meters.

      I don’t know if you can make sure. You need to see what they look like but an “opt out” meter is a smart meter still.

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

    Here in British Columbia we are being charged $33.60 per month to retain our analog meters. That represents an almost 100% increase in our personal hydro rates. We are told that our retention of analog meters is temporary and BC Hydro has every intention of forcing everyone to have their cheap, flammable meters that last a fraction of the time of the analog meters …and cost more than triple of the price of our glass and steel analog meter…..but are great at recording individual customer information…. for possible resale? We are not impressed but it would appear the democracy our forefathers fought and died to protect is in fact dying too.

    • Ugh. That is terrible. Who has told you that BC Hydro is going to force this on you? And you are saying that the meter will cost triple the amount? Are they making you pay for it? I am very very concerned about how our freedom is dying here. We have a republic, however – not a true democracy. Either way, it isn’t working.

  39. You can be cut for non payment and by not paying your opt a out billing charges and your monthly charges. You charged a meter reading charge every month to cover the cost of sending out a meter reader. Now companies would love you to just call in your read every month however bad apples spoil the bunch and lie not giving the company true meter readings to lower they’re monthly charges. You post is informative but pls don’t tell people they eon have the service cut if they don’t pay the charges because they can be

    • Hi there. Sorry for responding late. I have been swamped. Did I say that they couldn’t have the service cut? Sorry but I couldn’t make out the meaning of the last part of your comment.

  40. Barbara S Mueller says:

    I live in a condo I own.. Our City of San Antonio utility company, CPS, is rapidly installing smart meters throughout its service area 740,000 last count! At this writing, we at the condo still have our old (and safe) analog meters. There are five analogs in a row 9′ from my pillow. I’m not only concerned about myself, but for the 105 residents in 19 buildings here, who have multiple meters on their building too. One building has 7 meters on one wall.
    There are up to 17 new meters in a row on one building.in the public housing projects! And in a subdivision about ten miles north where literally thousands of new apartments have been built, there are 12 and more smart meters on their individual buildings!
    I bought this condo to live here the rest of my life. I moved in when I was 51I and lived here now 19 years. I don’t want a smart meter near me.
    I know that condos, apartments and public housing all will be looked at inmasse like no one cares, and no one will stop them. What can I do?
    My condo board has voted unanimously to refuse the installation of pulsing radiation-emitting meters but the utility states publicly that analogs will be phased out for everybody and analogs will be “no more.”

    • Ugh. This is very very frustrating. I don’t know what to do. I still don’t have a smart meter. Have you gotten in touch w anyone nearby who can help you in this fight?

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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….

  44. 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.


  45. 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.

  46. 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’.

  47. 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.


        • 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.


                    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. []:25: socket error]

  48. 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

  49. Most of what you have written about are facts taken out of context. For example health concerns. Cancer regulations exist for more than just information to consumers. Smart meters are required to have a grounded shielding plate that blocks the signal from going towards the residence. In the US grounding is highly regulated and followed by utility companies, since proper grounding saves them money. In foreign countries where you here smart meter complaints, grounding may not even exist or is faulty. Second fire hazards, if you look at them, they are caused by replacing the meter, or loose wiring. not the smart meter. Happens all the time regardless of meter type. Smart meters just get more press that’s all. Smart meters actually have the ability to shut off power of it senses wiring faults, analog meters just continue to burn the house down. Third, invasion of privacy. Statistically speaking only 3 to 4% of a population would need smart meters for them to invade your privacy with a high degree of accuracy. Statistics don’t need to look at you to know everything about you. Walmart and Amazon know what your going to buy before you ever step foot in that store or even think about shopping there. Statisticians can do amazing magic with data that most people don’t know is possible. Privacy is gone, might as well get some personal benefit for you out of it.
    Personal safety, well after you watch one of those documentaries about the criminal mind, you’ll quickly realize there is little you can do against a determined attacker, physical harm is what you should focus on, I’d recommend enrolling children in martial arts, they should have it. You should take self defense, and make sure your insurance plans are up to date. There are common sense things you can do to minimize being a random target, but you can’t prevent it entirely.
    one note on radio waves, all those risks are not linear. Recall geometry, Cancer and all risks decrease dramatically with small changes in distance. 1 inch might cause cancer in 1 year, 2 inches would cause cancer in 8 years, 3 inches 64 years, 4 inches 256 years. Think of it like a regular light bulb, touching it burns you, real close its just hot, but a foot away you can’t barely feel the heat it’s just slightly warm. Your body may notice the warmth, but won’t have any damage whatsoever past a couple inches.

    • Hi Joe. Sorry for not responding sooner. I got inundated and am finally trying to catch up. I have a few thoughts:

      1. About cancer – I have heard of too many people having health effects from these meters to think that the signals are not going into the houses. It just doesn’t seem possible to me.
      2. About the fire hazards, there are a bunch of issues going on here. One of my friends just had her water shut off b/c of poor installation. Another town (Toronto??) had a huge power outage b/c a truck hit some wires and the smart meters couldn’t handle the loads. Here is an article about issues w/ Lakeland, Fl meters that is for sure not installation issues: http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/smart-meter-news/florida-lakeland-electrics-smart-meters-can-overheat/

      3. About invasion of privacy, perhaps you could address this article w/ disturbing information from General Petraeus. http://www.wired.com/2012/03/petraeus-tv-remote/ I don’t want my privacy gone.
      4. I am thinking about enrolling my kids in martial arts so we do think alike there :).
      I would be happy to hear what you think. Thank you!

      • 1. The simple fact is that eSMOG is a real thing and health issues can result. You must seperate perceived fear vs actual danger. 40 years ago, no one feared that electromagnetic radiation could cause any health effects, therefore they did nothing to safeguard against them and danger was very high. They did however recognize, UV, X-rays, Beta and Gamma rays were dangerous, and regulated them. The real danger was almost completely wiped out due to basic safety awareness and simple precautions like a lead vest, and limited exposure times during a dentist visit. I mention this because Electricity, and every other form of electromagnetic radiation is tested, monitored and regulated today. Another fun fact, Coal power plants have no fear of nuclear radiation, yet emit 100 times more radiation than an actual nuclear power plant, where people do take safety precautions. Nobody feared Cell phones in the 70’s, therefore the danger for brain cancer was high. Once they recognized the danger, they tested for it, and took safety precautions called SAR limits, which now incite fear of cancer, without any actual danger. Today it’s widely recognized that electricity, and radio wave equipment if not properly designed, regulated, tested and maintained poses a real danger to human health. Therefore, everyone pays attention to prevent those safety problems. If there is an incident, highly likely that someone didn’t follow safety precautions, or it’s all fear from an external source and the danger wasn’t actually there. Regulations include specific mathematical equations such as the radiated power per square and safe distance between human tissue, exposure algorithms. WiFi and bluetooth is another big area of fear today. They have high power, and people get scared. If you look scientifically though, Wifi and Bluetooth actually turn on and off so rapidly at the precise safety limits set so low that the health effects disappear, yet they are still powerful enough to transfer data to your computer, or earpiece. Fear still exists, but the danger doesn’t. Obviously malfunctioning equipment, like a battery fire can cause damage.

        2. If you research closely none of those are “Smart meter” specific. The fire and overload hazards apply to all electric meters, and have been happening since the early days of electricity. Researching the history of electricity, death rates for installers were 50% on the job in the beginning. For the past decade or longer installer death is near 0%. Comprehensive and continuous safety training, and evolved engineering are the reason electricity is a relatively low danger today compared to 100 years ago. If you poke around the asian news, you’ll find that developing countries with electricity, but without regulations, still have a high death rate, high fire rate, bad everything really. Safety features that are physically responsible for reducing the danger are taken for granted today, like plugs! They didn’t have plugs for decades, they just screwed wires together and strung them around the ceiling. Modern things like polarized plugs to prevent sparks between appliances, grounded plugs to prevent deadly shocks, circuit breakers and GFCI outlets save lives, isolation transformers, RF chokes. Oh don’t forget surge protectors.

        The question I would like answered, is not why did the smart meter burn, that’s obviously an out of spec installer safety issue. But why didn’t the utility company respond when the smart meter indicated a problem? The smart meter is supposed to benefit people by automatically immediately notifying the utility where problems exist, without a smart meter, the house would just burn down, until someone else around noticed.

        3. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but American privacy disappeared some time around world war II era. First Hitler was demonized for invading the privacy of his citizens publicly, then the Allies decided to do it in secret to avoid the public protests. The article about the CIA is quite funny, for anyone who follows privacy. You can blame J Edgar Hoover if he were still alive for instilling the lead by fear and secerecy leadership model we have today. Did you know that anybody with a science kit from eBay can deduce your DNA from a disposed coffee cup in the trash? Or that they can get a facial and nude picture of you from just a strand of your hair in a hotel room 3 years ago? That’s creepy, unless you’r a crime scene investigator looking for a suspect description.

        The question anyone really has to answer is, “Am I worth the spies money and time to invade my privacy?”. Satellite spy camera’s cost somewhere in the millions of dollars per minute, Intelligence Analysts make ~$200,000 a year, is that minor violation worth millions of dollars to catch you and not some other bad guy? Sure there are over 30 agencies in America alone that have secret surveillance going on. But the FBI doesn’t have the money or man power to spy on you for not picking up dog poop when you think no one is looking. They focus their time on the violent big time offenders. Of course you will hear about the scorned ex-wife who uses her top-secret clearance to ruin the ex-husbands life, but they get caught, and arrested for violating the law and public trust.

        The bad, corporations and advertising companies do feel they have every right to your personal data for their gain., Sometimes they open up security holes for your data to get stolen without knowing it, or without a way to recover from it. Have you purchased an LG television recently? Those TV’s actually scan your whole network and report in the clear for anyone to see. Did you know that all cars equipped with OnStar that have been disabled, still give away all your data, you just don’t get the benefit of it? the list of privacy invasion is so large, one can’t have any expectation of it, or anyway to avoid it.

        Sorry this was so long, but it’s a topic I research regularly.

        • Hi there. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I have been swamped. I only have a few moments but will respond as I can.:

          I do appreciate your research, but here are my thoughts:

          1. I don’t think the SAR regs are tight enough – and regardless of what they are, the radiation is increasing in exponential proportions. I also think that more and more people are becoming sensitive to EMFs and other things due to all the contamination in our whole world so this is a problem regardless.

          2. There are so many smart meter fires that I can’t respond to this. I would have to look into all the cases to see what is going on. I personally haven’t heard of regular electric meter fires, but I will take your word for it. Or perhaps you could send a link verifying that? Thanks.

          3. I am aware of the privacy problems. The problem here is that the gov’t is changing what they think is worth their time and conservatives are clearly becoming the target. So they apparently do have the time and money to check up on them. As for LG – no, I hadn’t heard of that and I haven’t bought that. In fact, we have no flat screen TV at the moment and I am glad you shared this with me. I would suspect this is coming to all smart TVs so perhaps I should hurry up and get my TV now :).

          I have a vehicle made in 91 so no worries there either but I will be careful. Yuck.

          Basically, this all is very disconcerting. My aim in posting this was not to suggest that we could avoid all privacy invasion by not getting a smart meter, but to limit it by one means, if possible.

          I would love to hear your thoughts – thanks!

  50. 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 :).

  51. Good Morning says:
  52. 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}.

    • Hi there. Well, again I find it interesting that people like you leave fake names and fake emails and fake websites and then write nasty comments like this.

      I don’t think I am spreading “nonsense” at all. Maybe you should talk to Gen Petraeus about it. He seems to agree with me on at least 1 point: http://www.wired.com/2012/03/petraeus-tv-remote/

      • Last winter an ice storm left my town without electricity for three days. Some of my neighbors went without electricity for almost a week. I have a smart meter, but I also have a a prepaid account, or a pay as you go account. About a week after the storm and once the electricity was back on I went online to check my electric usage and what funds I had remaining on my account. I am able to look online at my daily usage. Imagine my suprise when the electric company showed via the smart meter that during the power outage I was somehow still using electricity. THe meter was “reading usage” when I was without service for over three days. I made phone call after phone call and was told I must have been using electricity. I would have to repeat myself over and over that an ice storm had broken power lines and my entire town was without service. There would be a deafening silence on the other end of the phone once they understood that the meter was charging me for power i wasnt using. It took dozens of phone calls and about six months but my account was finally credited the amount they over charged me. The only explanation given was that this “smart” meter is incapable of reading a “zero” or “non use” period and therefore would calculate a daily usage and automatically charge my account for what it could not read. I fought and got my money back. I only found the mistake because I have a prepaid account and monitor my usage. How many of my neighbors that just have a monthly bill and think nothing of it when paying their bills, were actually overcharged and never knew. They paid for electricity for days when they had no service at all. I’m fairly certain the electric company never bothered to refund my neighbors who overpaid. I guess the smart meters offer the utility company a way of “pick pocketing” the consumer.

        • Oh my – not THAT is interesting. Great. Sounds ridiculous!!!

          I think it would be a great idea for you to write an editorial about this….or, well, I have another idea. Thanks.

        • Interesting article. Thank you.
          Has anyone heard of utility companies using meters or smart meters to trickle power back to the grid for their use? I have heard this happens, but have not found any definitive proof. The problem with this, if it were true, is a customer pays for the power to come into their house, but at the same time there is a percentage going back to the supplier that is resold? redistributed? The one article I read showed 3Amps going back to the grid (supplier). Does anyone know if this is possible? Most customers are not allowed to open the meter box, or have the know-how to figure out if this is true or not. Kind Regards

  53. Hi
    I am just curious if anyone can help me. Yesterday while I wasn’t home a smart meter was installed at my home. I had know know she that they were even aloud to enter my backyard without approval?

  54. I have a smart meter and its made me sick, All doctors can’t find anything so I’m looking at this smart meter ever since it was installed without permission.

  55. Can I reprint your article in my blog: (url deleted by blog owner)
    Of course, I will give you a credit and a link.
    Thank you!

  56. I am kinda willing to bet you are not getting rid of your mobile phone, likely the Greatest Risk from this effect!! My meter DID reduce my bills, and my meter is nowhere near my head or where I spend most of my time. In fact, it is just outside the least used area of my home.

    That said, the argument for PRIVACY RIGHTS is quite strong and probably the most valid.

    • Hi there and thanks for commenting. Actually, I never had a smart phone until this past Sept. and I rarely use it. And I have a Pong case on it to reduce radiation. So I am thoughtful about such things. I rarely use the microwave either, and have ethernets on my computers.

      I agree with you on the privacy rights. Very disconcerting.

  57. i have just had a smart meter, and i didn’t know all this stuff, is there a way to take them out? i live in wales uk

  58. You are a paranoid nut, seek help.
    Most of what You claim is filtered through a massive amount of ignorance.
    The only believable claim here is that the smart meter has stolen Your identity. But only Yours.

    Seriously: seek help! Belief is NOT the same as fact.

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