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

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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:

YOUR UPGRADED METER IS COMING.

ENERGY THAT WORKS SMARTER FOR YOU.

THAT’S OUR PROMISE TO MICHIGAN.

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

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

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

But I am not.

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

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

I didn’t like what I found.

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

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

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

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

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

And I’ve come to the conclusion that–

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

And neither should you.

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

What is a Smart Meter?

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

They relay data about your energy

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

Opponents say there are many risks involved.

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

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

Here’s why.

5 Reasons You DON’T Want a Smart Meter

1.  Health

There are sooo many health problems with these smart meters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here’s a biggie.

CANCER.

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

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

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

I think of it like this.  Years ago:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nice, huh?

2.  Privacy

The data collected from Smart Meters is detailed.

And it’s worth money.

Think about it.

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

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

YIKES!

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

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

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

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

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

Now, THAT’S smart.

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

We really need to count the cost.

3.  Fire Risk

There have been hundreds of fires caused by Smart Meters.

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

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

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

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

And Get THIS!

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

Now, how smart is that?

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

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

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

4.  Lack of Energy Savings

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

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

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

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

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

5.  Personal Safety

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

No thanks.

6.  Legal, Constitutional and Human Rights Violations

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

Should we let it go even further?

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

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

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

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

This huge list of violations will really get you thinking.

7.  Exorbitant Cost

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

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

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

Forever.

Come on.

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

Sounds familiar.

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

So now the questions are:

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

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

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

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

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

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More on Smart Meters:

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

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

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  1. 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.

  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…

    Blessings,

    Joanne

    • 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…

      Blessings,

      Joanne

      • 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.
      Cheers!

      • 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!

  28. DOUBTING THOMAS says:

    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:

      http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/431-the-american-cancer-society-admitted-that-untreated-cancers-often-go-away-naturally.html

      http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2006/5/15/corrupt-charities-pstrongcorrection-appended-see-belowstrongp/

      http://naturalsociety.com/american-cancer-society-bed-major-cancer-drug-makers/

      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.

    • ‘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. 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.

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

  36. 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.

  37. “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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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?