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Refusing Smart Meters to Protect Your Health and Privacy

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Smart meters are being deployed by electric companies worldwide, replacing old, yet functioning analog meters, because it gives them a way to interact with the homes of their customers, monitor electricity consumption, and offer “smart home” control and functionality. Oh, and let’s not forget that they also save money. At least this the big sales pitch they are giving us.

By providing detailed information about the energy usage in your home, smart meters can alert you if your new smart refrigerator suddenly becomes an electricity hog and needs to be serviced, if your kids had a party when you were off on a business trip, or if you forgot to turn off your smart stove before you left for work.

Goodbye Privacy – Hello Big Brother

Depending on the functionality of the meter, the smart meter may be able to track how much electricity is used within each room of the home, as well as how much is used by the various new smart appliances in your house. Just as the smart meters can communicate wirelessly with devices such as TV sets or tablets to show you your electrical consumption, they also communicate this information with the power company, which keeps records about the volumes and patterns associated with your daily life.

Below is a video that explores the privacy implications of this data exchange. With this information, whoever has access to the data can get a pretty clear picture of your life: how much time you spend out of the house and at what time of the day; when you watch TV the most; when you are on vacation; if it looks like you’re running a business out of your home; and so forth. The implications for personal surveillance are staggering.

Governments, law enforcement agencies, and even companies will be able to access the data housed by the electric company (which the government is already doing to enforce business licenses). The implications are even more serious considering that such intimate personal data about your daily life can be easily intercepted by hackers as it is broadcast over the radio waves.

Electromagnetic Radiation and Your Health

This short video that shows a resident measuring the radio signals sent from the smart meter using microwave radiation. This man decided to make this video because within 3-months of the installation of a new smart meter, the shrubbery around the smart meter mysteriously died, although it thrived around the old electrical meter without any problems and continues to thrive a certain distance beyond the meter.

Advocates of smart meters will tell you that the wireless radiation emitted by these devices is within “safe levels,” often referencing ‘decades of research,’ much of which has been funded by the companies that make the smart meters. Unfortunately, many are beginning to suffer with insomnia, headaches and other illnesses after the installation of a smart meter.

In May of 2011, the World Health Organization official recognized that wireless radiation such as emitted by “smart meters” is a possible carcinogen.source

Read more: Smart Meter and Electromagnetic Radiation: Another Health Crisis Of Our Time

What Can You Do?

Are you going to allow the power company to install a radiation-emitting surveillance device on your home?

Here’s an interview with a woman from Illinois that refused to have one installed on her house, informed the electric company of her decision by writing, yet was eventually arrested when the police and electric company crew came once again to install the meter on her house.

Power companies will typically install these devices on your home based on “implied consent” unless you make it clear that you do not grant permission for them to switch out your old meter or add any new device to your home. Some utilities companies, for example PG&E in California, are charging “opt-out” fees of customers refusing the smart meters, in an attempt to dissuade people from opting out as well as to cover “the cost of paying workers to read the analog meters each month.” (source

The opposition to smart meters is growing everyday as more people learn about the sinister implications of these devices.

In Texas, Republican Senator Dennis Bonnen has threatened to draft legislation that would allow all residents to opt-out from the Public Utility Commission’s smart meter’s initiative.

The first step to refusing a smart meter is informing your utilities company by certified letter that you do not grant permission for them to install a smart meter on your home due to concerns about health and privacy.

Sure, the concept of having more control over your home appliances may sound cool to some. Yet are you willing to throw away your privacy and jeopardize your health for just some cool smart home features that you’ve been able to live without until now?

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet at www.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here.

Sources:

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/04/11/be-smart-decline-the-installation-of-smart-meters/

http://www.marinij.com/business/ci_19871058?source=pkg

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20120606-smart-electricity-meters-might-become-optional.ece

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156648/Government-plans-install-smart-meters-homes-leave-open-cyber-attack.html

http://www.refusesmartmeters.com/

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  1. Our voices are strongest when counted together.

    Research to expand your awareness, get clear about what matters most to you in life, align with people who share your passion to end harm, and take action to bring a coherent new world into physical reality. http://stopsmartmeters.org

    Smart grid funding mis-spent on obsolete technologies http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/05/smart-utility-meters.aspx#

  2. bruce says:

    So the strategy is to send them a letter refusing and then what? Hopefully there is a part 2 to this bravely titled article. Will the fact that the letter is certified have legal strength greater than a non-certified letter?

  3. rd says:

    I refused here in Texas with a certified letter, and verbally with a representative in their main office. They put me on the back of the roll out list with December being the deadline. The installer came a couple times knocked on the door to inform us he was here to install, I told him no, and the reasons why. He left. Months have passed now and we didn’t hear anything else about it until a couple weeks ago when a man came to read our meter. He said they were told to leave us alone that had refused Smart Meters. I don’t know how long that will last, but for now I don’t have one because I stood up for myself.

  4. Harv says:

    I understand the privacy issue, and I’m anti-smart meter. The argument about electronic pollution seems to be correct as far as it goes, but I doubt that the “danger” is any worse than what we impose upon ourselves with wi-fi, cell phones, etc. Still, we can argue against adding to what we self-allow in terms of this additional pollution is not self-imposed but comes from some sort of official decree without our expressed permission. Still, it is a losing battle I think.

    • NoName says:

      Isn’t the signal strength required increased in relation do the distance it needs to send the signal? If so this would make it more dangerous than wifi, but probably similar in danger to cellphones as they need to send their signals pretty far.

      • Anonymous says:

        My understanding is that it’s not the signal strength that counts, but the *content* of the signal – the frequencies and type of pulses. They subtly interfere with biological processes – even at very low levels, and this is how they cause the problems. the bad frequencies are from 900 to about 300MHz so I’ve heard.

  5. big deal,u stopped YOUR smart meter.
    WHAT about your NEIGHBORS smart meters?
    5 mile range

    ZAPP!!

    ashes ,ashes,we all fall down….

  6. hehe says:

    well there’s a beautiful little device called orgonite, that harmonizes bad electromagnetic fields and re-structures the energy into a more coherent frequency with the body so when the waves pass through, it doesn’t interrupt cell communication and can actually help cell communication if the orgonite is good. check out – orgonite.info and see how easy it is to make. you can grid entire cities with this and also take out the harmful waves of cell phone towers and antennas…as well as, you guessed it. smart meters. i’m surrounded by smart meters in my house and i’ve gridded the entire neighborhood…birds have come back and sign loudly every single day late into dusk. the sky has cleared up in my area, and you can literally feel the atmospheric vibe has lifted in heaviness and is much more ambient/brisk feeling at the same time.

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