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

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

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

Now I’m not getting a smart meter.

Why not?

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

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

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

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

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

So how about a Smart Meter?

Must be a good thing.

Think again.

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

YOUR UPGRADED METER IS COMING.

ENERGY THAT WORKS SMARTER FOR YOU.

THAT’S OUR PROMISE TO MICHIGAN.

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

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

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

But I am not.

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

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

I didn’t like what I found.

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

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

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

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

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

And I’ve come to the conclusion that–

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

And neither should you.

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

What is a Smart Meter?

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

They relay data about your energy

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

Opponents say there are many risks involved.

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

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

Here’s why.

5 Reasons You DON’T Want a Smart Meter

1.  Health

There are sooo many health problems with these smart meters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here’s a biggie.

CANCER.

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

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

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

I think of it like this.  Years ago:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nice, huh?

2.  Privacy

The data collected from Smart Meters is detailed.

And it’s worth money.

Think about it.

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

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

YIKES!

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

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

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

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

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

Now, THAT’S smart.

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

We really need to count the cost.

3.  Fire Risk

There have been hundreds of fires caused by Smart Meters.

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

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

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

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

And Get THIS!

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

Now, how smart is that?

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

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

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

4.  Lack of Energy Savings

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

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

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

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

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

5.  Personal Safety

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

No thanks.

6.  Legal, Constitutional and Human Rights Violations

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

Should we let it go even further?

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

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

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

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

This huge list of violations will really get you thinking.

7.  Exorbitant Cost

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

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

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

Forever.

Come on.

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

Sounds familiar.

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

So now the questions are:

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

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

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

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

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

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More on Smart Meters:

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

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

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  1. Ingrid Z says:

    Thanks for your article. Here in Holland by law pushed by the wonderful European Community in 2020 80% of all households should be equiped with smart meters.
    We have to deal as well with the monoply of ONE utility netwerk provider only! Have hardly any choice. Hope to be within that odd 20% that can stay out of it….I do not want one. Great huh….

    • Terrible. This kind of government overreach (since it’s a monopoly, that is what it is) is not right.

      • Thank you for your article, Adrienne. I just called Consumers and opted out. You are right: $69 to opt out and $9. and change per month for life. I asked if Consumers would shut off power for refusal to pay the opt out fees and she said that she hadn’t heard that they were taking that position and she has been handling opt outs since January. She was very pleasant and said she had my account marked for opt out and I assume I will see these charges on the next bill. Do you suppose this is the end of it? Has anyone had them show up anyway and install? Heading them off at the pass seems to be the way of least resistance. Once those meters are installed, you more of a battle on your hands. Do you recommend locking the meters, as suggested in other articles?

        • I have heard you are supposed to send a certified letter to them. I haven’t done it myself but I think it’s important. I have heard that locking meters causes an issue where they can say the locked meter is a danger b/c the fire company can’t deal w/ an issue if there is one. I have had someone come to install when we bought the house we live in even though the previous owner had opted out. Thank God we were home when he came. The next day someone else was back w/ binoculars looking at our home from the street. Crazy.

  2. Well I dont know about the RF’s, but my electric bill has skyrocketed since they installed a smart gas meter, I asked the guy too he said the meter runs on a 20 year battery, hmmm. I think Im going to take mine apart and have a look at it in the summer time, Ill report it stolen.

  3. Lisa Kroeker says:

    The “Affordable Care” healthcare law contains a provision for microchipping people by 2017. Once chipped, these meters will transmit your location at all times, and with unlimited bandwidth. The meters give the government, because thats who is behind this, the network to track you all day, everyday, while giving the power company the power to charge you more while also demanding that you reduce your electric usage. This is total control over people. Governor Rendell, in 2008, forced the power companies to “reduce their RETAIL usage” year after year, more and more. Now, the only way that that will happen is if YOU and I are forced to reduce our usage. AGENDA 21. Read it. This is about MUCH more than electric. Think carbon credits. Think MONEY. Think CONTROL.

    • I’m not happy about this. Nor about the coverage for genetic testing that I suspect will be about telling you what you need to remove from your body (aka breasts that are likely to get cancer) and then later denying coverage if you get said cancer should you choose not to remove them.

  4. I’ve had one at out place now forn3 months. I can’t believe how much our bill has dropped from it. Its been fantastic! I had called them over and over telling them I thought our meter was faulty but going from $300 a moth bill to $170 is great.

  5. This just such a silly post. There has been substantial qualified research that proves that there is no risk to health or safety other than the normal exposure one would receive from a single 30 minute cell phone call per year. The comments in this post are just misinterpreted data that has no validity.
    There is more risk in just walking to the supermarket.

    • Hi Rob. Please share with us the qualified research that shows this. Do you have data showing the risk of walking to the supermarket that you could share with us as well?

      Thanks.

  6. Hi, Read your article and I have a question for you and all those who read your blog.
    Did any of you get a Smart meter and did your bill go up? If so, how much.

    I live in Albuquerque and we are going into a hearing to see, if smart meters will be installed here. I am gather information to stop them and am looking at the financial argument. So, tell me your story? Here is my meetup:
    http://www.meetup.com/Albuquerque-Wellness-Meetup/about/
    I am the organizer, just click “Contact” and send me a message.
    Thank you, Rachel

  7. SMART METERS HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE COMPUTER WITH WARNINGS INFORMING US ABOUT THEIR BAD NEWS… NO THEY ARE FORCING THIS ON PEOPLE LIKE CHEMTRAILS, DRUGS AND ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS. THE POWER PEOPLE ARE NOT LIKING US. THESE METERS ARE DEADLY, BUT THAT’S THE PLAN, SAD TO SAY!

  8. We have had our smart meter for three years now. No, I don’t agree with the meter readers losing their jobs. That said, the meter has proved to be very efficient, we have saved over 400 a year for a family of four that is acceptable. My husband and I both have chronic health issues with many triggers but have not noticed any difference in our health since the meter has been put in and our room is right behind the meter.

  9. Trish F says:

    Great detailed article. I’m thoroughly opposed to smart meters and had heard of the dangers a couple of years ago. I for one won’t be getting one. My health has not been good and to add insult to injury would be absurd. Here in NJ they came out about a year ago saying they were not getting them as the state couldn’t afford them, Yeah! But, there might be a day they change their minds. I wish they would just throw the whole idea away along with mandatory vaccinations, airport scanners and gmos, I think they just want us all sick and dying.

  10. Stop worrying about smart or dumb meters – get off the grid..

  11. Take the tinfoil hat off. I don’t know who you got your info from but none of it is correct. They don’t have emf’s, they can’t track your shows, and they don’t pose any more of a fire risk than an analog meter.

    We have had them in Arizona and Texas for a long time. They allow you to see your electric use in real time, but have no way of being able to tell what is using the electricity. They send info back to the electric company via broadband over power cables about your usage.
    You should find new sources to add fuel to your crackpot fire.

    • Hi Matt. Thanks for commenting. If you are going to make these claims, maybe you should take them up with General Petraeus, who is quoted in Wired Magazine about how these appliances and meters will be used for spying. Also there are numerous sources for what I wrote. Furthermore, just after we refused the smart meter at our current home, we had a Consumers Energy worker outside our home using binoculars to look at our home. Why was that? So far we have no answers from the company. As soon as my husband went out the front door to see what he was up to, the car drove off.

      I’m not happy about this. Let me know what exactly you think is inaccurate about my post and I can get more sources for you. Thanks.

      • NewsView says:

        re: Matt

        “They allow you to see your electric use in real time, but have no way of being able to tell what is using the electricity.”

        YES THEY DO have a way to “track” what appliance is using the electricity! What rock have you been hiding under? As far back as 2009 you could find articles, like this one from Grist, with titles like this: “‘Smart’ appliances that talk to the grid are coming your way soon”.

        Smart meters don’t have two-way communication to know what, specifically, you’re doing with your electricity IF you are using “dumb” appliances (which are still prevalent). If and when you upgrade to a “smart appliance”, however, two-way communication between your appliance(s) and the utility company IS possible.

        There are already programs that utility customers can sign up for to allow the power company to cut power to specific things, such as one’s A/C, during peak periods. Smart appliances, in conjunction with smart meters, already make it entirely possible to “data mine” every single customer’s usage level down to the specific appliance that’s generating the most demand or “waste”. Google “Data Mining Threatens Your Privacy” concerning the Onzo Corp. press release boasting of just that!

        The motivation to exert that much micromanagement is here for good and it exists for a very well-documented reason: Climate change. Global warming is the pretext under which utility companies can begin to increase revenue (through higher rates) even as they seek to decrease use (as their services become less affordable). Climate change is perceived to be a worldwide emergency, necessitating a worldwide cooperation on the part of business and government to reign in the risks. This sets in motion a reason to “police” what consumers do in every sense of the word. Politicians talk OPENLY about the need to cap our CO2 (greenhouse) emissions. The tinfoil hat crowd has nothing whatsoever on these folks that they don’t already cop to in their own press releases!

        Just about every major world leader and mainstream climate scientist feels that doing “whatever it takes” to combat the emergency that is climate change is justified. The only reason it’s not yet “1984” is because the smart meters and smart appliances have not entirely saturated the entire market (yet). When “smart everything” IS the norm, and every single “base model” refrigerator, air conditioner or washing machine is “smart enabled”, utility companies WILL have the power to throttle electric devices in your home in much the same way the cell phone companies can throttle your data speeds on a mobile phone plan (because, after all, cell phones are the first among the “smart” technologies).

        At first they’ll ask (as utility companies do now, for customers who volunteer to allow the power company to switch off their central air in exchange for reduced rates). But don’t be naive. Eventually they’ll have the legal authority to demand (take) the control of your household functions AWAY from you (or at least make them extraordinarily expensive as a penalty if you don’t). As a point of comparison, prior generations of Americans argued at the advent of the Social Security entitlement system that it would bring socialist ruin upon our country. But nowadays, everybody, Republican or Democrat, wants to draw their social security check at retirement — even though the fund is going insolvent! Today, we’re not questioning Social Security but we are up in arms about “universal health care” — it’s the new “socialist” threat. The same trend has come and gone with so many things — at first a mass objection to mandatory car insurance, driver’s licenses, home owner’s insurance, followed by an acceptance that it’s all just a “fact of life”. Don’t doubt that before those costs became mandated by the State/Fed government there were people who accused those of saying “it’s inevitable that we will be FORCED to get a driver’s license (or whatnot)” of belonging to a tinfoil hat club, too?

        Matt, you’re dreaming if you think technology (and the law) stands still. If you build it, and the technology exists to allow for a certain level of control to exist over consumer behavior, whatever that “innovation” allows for in terms of micromanaging our lives will be permissible under the law or even required by the law — sooner or later. For one, Big Business and Special Interests can lobby politicians to make their products, services and “technology solutions” a mandatory requirement. Trying to force consumers to “adopt” a practice by making it a legal requirement — like car insurance and more recently health insurance — is a COMMON tactic on the part of multinational businesses. It guarantees these businesses have OUR business whether we WANT to go along with it or not!

        You can find indications that the smart appliances ARE being designed to interact with the smart meters in just the sort of way as to obtain data — and above all maximize profits — on the part of utilities. Just about every other industry you can think of is doing the same. And so it would be naive to think that the Utilities will not leverage technology to the same bottom-line enhancing effect. Don’t think you can count on the politicians to resist any of this privacy- or health-threatening technologies, either, because they are convinced that this level of micromanagement is a key component to slowing climate change.

        • Thanks for the comment. Much appreciated.

        • Seriously says:

          I don’t think you understand how A/C cycling programs work. The utility company installs a wireless device that cuts the power to the compressor of the A/C when the real time price hits a predetermined amount. They can’t just cut power to appliances via the smart meter.

  12. Maria T Rizzi says:

    Just went to a workshop on the negative effects on your health by the use of Smart Meters. This information is very real and you should check it out for yourself Steve.

  13. NewsView says:

    One point worth adding is that these Internet-reliant “smart grids” are vulnerable to hackers and to solar storms in ways not previously seen. It’s inevitable that something, natural or manmade, will bring them down. And it’s not like we can expect the generators at hospitals and nuclear power plants to run indefinitely. The bottom line for “smart” anything when it comes to the electric grid is that it’s entirely STUPID. Ted Koppel in his nonfiction work “Lights Out”, about the risk of cyber attack on the electric grid, and the novelist William Forstchein, in “One Second After”, have written about equally serious risks (above and beyond what was discussed here).

    That we will become victims of our own “smart” technology is not a question of “if” but “when”? These technologies are adopted because businesses and governments alike hire consultants to perform business analysis and, being that the consultants, more often than not, are there to sell a service (which today is often a “technology solution”), the downsides are either glossed over or go completely unmentioned (not unlike the ways local governments spent millions on Red Light cameras only for the drawbacks to become apparent much later, after the taxpayer money was already wasted).

    The reality is, management teams have to invent something to DO to justify their own jobs, and in this day and age adopting new technology, “because we can” and “because everybody’s doing it” is the result (no matter how business strategists attempt to intellectualize all that’s new in technology as an advance over the technologies that preceded it).

    There’s no real question as to whether a given technology increases exposure to hacking, and thus will increase the cost of security and maintenance. There’s no real question over whether it represents an advance toward better health and safety. And as we’re just starting to appreciate, as consumers, rarely does it even have anything to add in terms of saving us time/money, either. We’re enamored with all the things we can do in this Digital Error with the same amount of abandon as the “Rocket Scientists” of the atomic era (who despite Madame Curie’s cautionary fate, proceeded with much the same naivety with respect to any number of rocket/nuclear test sites, both on land and at sea, many of which remain EPA superfund sites to this day. I would argue that we’re blazing ahead in the conversion to all things “smart” with much the same psychological/regulatory abandon as our Atomic Age predecessors.)

    We really need to oppose the “Internet-of-all-things” because the Internet is NO substitute for the security of non-networked, analog technologies (infrastructure that is ALREADY in place and should not be entirely retired). Just as your home wi-fi is not as reliable as your old-fashioned land-line phone, Smart systems are that much more fragile. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped we consumers/ratepayers/taxpayers from paying for the roll-out of highly vulnerable technology just the same.

    It could be downright catastrophic if a terrorist introduces a virus into the “smart grid”. Why? Because a terrorist wouldn’t even need a dirty bomb, a missile or a passport to get into this country and do us harm. All it would take is a hack our vulnerable smart grid with the knowledge that the generators to cool our nuclear fuel rods won’t run indefinitely in the wake of a prolonged power outage. It’s sickening, actually, to consider just how EASY our Utility companies have made it not only to harm us slowly and imperceptibly through EMR and dirty electricity but to harm millions of people, literally overnight, with one prolonged outage caused by a cyber attack or, for that matter, a large solar storm on the surface of the sun (Google the “Carrington Event” to learn what effect such a storm had even in the days of the telegraph).

    Public health and safety would be better served to embrace the KISS philosophy: “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. The more things we have operating wirelessly and dependent on “calling home” over the Internet, the more vulnerable we become if and when that system “hiccups” let alone a wholesale outage.

    To increase public awareness, I propose that some industrious person start manufacturing signs for people’s yards, t-shirts and the like that read “This is a Wi-Fi Free Zone”. That ought to spark conversation among neighbors and people on the street so as to get the word out that our increasingly wireless-reliant smart tech, be it a smart meter or smart appliance or “smart grid” is the wrong way to go on nearly every front.

    • Hi there. Much appreciated. I feel the same way, however there aren’t many choices. We just moved this past year and lost our landline in the process and I don’t see an option for getting it back. Seems there are no more landlines here. What are we to do?

      Thanks!

  14. Kikue Yomogida says:

    Thank you! The information was well received. I have a friend who didn’t know that a smart meter was in-
    stalled at her home. How she found out was a rude awakening. She was unable to get out of bed and when
    she investigated she found out that a smart meter had been installed outside of her bedroom. That is the reason for her demise. Therefore she had it removed and restored the previous meter. Now she is back to
    functioning okay.

  15. Len Miskulin says:

    I am 65 year old and live in UK where “smarts” have stared roll-out last year (2015). As most people I was not aware of those abominations and in October 2015 I had one installed as “free upgrade”. Almost immediately I started suffering from very nasty headaches and soon after from disturbed sleep patterns. Things got progressively worse, I suffered from awful fatigue was unable to function at all some days, itchy/burning skin, skin rashes, could not concentrate and sleep became almost impossible but I still did not make connection. Finally, in May this year, by pure chance I stumbled on snippet of information about “smart” meters. Immediately I entered “research mode” and after couple of weeks, armed with tons of indisputable evidence, I have confronted my electricity supplier and demanded that they remove “smart” and replace it with analogue meter. They tried to fob me of with usual regurgitation – Smarts” emit less than cell (mobile) phones, they are perfectly safe and “you have to have it, it’s the law. At that point I have issued them with “Notice of Liability”, a legal document which would make it possible to take legal action and demand recompense for damage suffered. I am sure that the same can be done in US, Canada and Australia as our laws are based on same principles. Took 2 more days of argument and finally they agreed to change the meter but wanted to charge me for it apx. $90 (57.79 pound sterling). I agreed to pay and have told them that I will be taking legal action to recover the money and will also go to the media and internet and publish all the detail including the blatant lies within their emails. Just minutes later they gave me an appointment to change the meter and stated that there will be NO charge for this.

    However,though I am starting to recover (lesser headaches and bit better sleep) I do worry if there is any permanent damage after being exposed to radiation for 8 months. I guess time will tell.

    My insight into this is that it is done deliberately to make us ill and spy on us in the same time. Call me crazy if it makes you feel better but Majority of illnesses that radiation will induce will not be apparent for years to come (there was no increase in brain tumors/cancers for some 40 years after Hiroshima bomb) and by that time damage, due to radiation damage being cumulative, will be irreversible.
    If you check the effects of radiation on fertility, perhaps you can see where it is heading. There is an excellent presentation by Dr. Devra Davis who is talking about mobile phones and WI-Fi (“smarts are between 100x and 800x more powerfull) – “The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation” — Dr Devra Davis – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwyDCHf5iCY
    and also by Barrie Trower (microwave weapons expert) – The Dangers of Microwave Technology – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9YM_vLKR8c among the virtually thousands of scientific studies.
    Proof that there is certain danger is that Lloyd’s of London WILL NOT cover ANY damage caused by RFR through any of their insurance underwriters. Guess there will be enormous litigation coming in years to come.

    Follow the money and you will soon discover that it is not just the government and utilities that benefit but also the manufacturers of the equipment and software companies and, few years down the line the biggest gains will be by big pharma.

    I have started a web site http://www.smartmeterfraud.tk and there is some of the info I have gathered, however, I got a slight problem with placing menu for negotiating pages, damn thing does not want to stay where it is supposed to – working on it 🙂

    Oh yes, almost forgot, While you are digesting effects on health from radiation Google Georgia Guide stones too.
    Most important though, talk about it to all and their brother, spread the knowledge and organise people into taking class action against the perpetrators. Imagine 1 million people getting together, $1 each and good lawyer and it could make a history. Here’s hoping.

    All the best

  16. I have noticed my Air Conditioner cycling for no reason at all. I keep my Thermostat at 80 degrees. Last night it got down to 58 degrees my Thermostat Thermometer said 61 degrees. My Thermometer, that I keep right by the Thermostat said 60 degrees. I counted 17 times last night that my Air Conditioner cycled on. If the Thermostat is set at 80, the Air Conditioner should not cycle on. not if the temp. is in its’ 60

    Here is what I think is going on… I have a Smart Meter from the Electric Company Idaho Power. I was looking at my bill on line, and I noticed that there was a button you can select, that Idaho Power can tell you what appliance are being used, and even gives you the rate of each appliance usage.

    So here it is. If Idaho Power has the capability, to tell me what appliance is being used, could it be, they have the technology to reverse that signal and turn my appliances on has they choose, in hopes to squeeze more money out of me. Think about it… If Idaho Power can turn on your Air Conditioner or Refrigerator and for those of us that has freezers, to store our winter meat, when they are at temperature and don’t require to be on. Just think of the money they are stealing. If Idaho Power is doing it to me, I sure they are doing to other people, and they are doing it right under our noses.

  17. Rosanna says:

    Unfortunately I have a “smart meter”. I had received a letter stating that I had the option of opting out. Yeah right. I followed the opt out directions, and before I knew it there was a notice on my gate that the power company had been by to install my smart meter but I was not home. I called the power company and was told that since, in the past 12 months I had one late payment by 3 days, I could not opt out. I filed numerous opt out forms, refused access to my meter numerous occasions only to be threatened with no service and a huge fee by the county. One day while I was at work, the power company came onto my property and installed the smart meter I now have. My bills have consistently been higher since the installment of this “smart meter”.

  18. I have the smart meters and I have been experiencing these symptoms. Now they are going to put in Advance Meters for the Gas Company which I opted out of. Thanks for all that information.,

    • You are so welcome. Maybe you can get your meter off?

      • I’m thinking of trying one of these shields to cover it with, but not sure if they really work. I’ve
        heard different opinions. Also, I have one of these anti-EMF necklaces that help. I think I might
        feel better wearing it – I just started after realizing that I actually have the smart meter. And, to
        think they charge you if you don’t want one (with all these problems caused by them) -it’s crazy!

        • Yes, the shield thing is hard to figure out. Seems like it’s a very complex issue. I have been thinking about the anti EMF necklaces as well. A company that I work with sells them and the owner says that they work very well. Thanks and so sorry you are having issues. It is not good – I agree.

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