“Smart” Utility Meter Information

Utility companies are planning to attach what they call “smart” meters to the homes of all their customers.   These meters, which have already been placed on many homes, broadcast a radio signal every few seconds, 24/7, containing information re how much electricity/gas/water you have used.

The radiation from this broadcast adds considerably to the health-damaging electrosmog in our living environment.  Therefore, we are forming a group to educate re the health hazards of exposure and to reverse the trend of using these meters.

If you are interested in this, please get in touch with us regarding actions you can take.  (If a meter has already been attached to your home and you have developed new health symptoms  coinciding with the time of installation,  please share your story with us when you write.)

To further your understanding of the impact these meters are likely to have on public health, I suggest you read a four-page paper in Pathophysiology,  The Official Journal of the International Society.  Go to: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/pathophys and look for the paper by Halberg and Johansson re health changes in public health in Sweden when cell phone technology was forwarded.  We can expect similar results from exposure to “smart” meter radiation.

My own utility company recently sent a postcard summarily informing customers that a “smart” meter will soon be attached to our homes.   I wrote a letter to the editor of our local paper about it.    When the utility company then sent a letter to the paper attempting to assure everyone that the meters are harmless, I wrote a second letter addressing each of their so-called assurances.

Shivani

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5 Responses to ““Smart” Utility Meter Information”

  1. Joey Currie says:

    I am curious as to where you get your information. I think it is good that you do your own research and try to inform fellow citizens however I am not seeing the empirical evidence to back up any of your concerns. I am also a little concerned that you do not perform your research as diligently as you should though before appearing that you have extensive knowledge in this field. One major falacy I found in this article is “These meters, which have already been placed on many homes, broadcast a radio signal every few seconds, 24/7″ In the case of our city our Smart Meters transmit a maximum of 6 seconds per day. if you stood next to the meter each time it transmitted for the total 6 seconds it does each day you would be exposed to less EMF radiation than if you were to make one cellular or cordless phone call every two days. Now I agree that could still be more than some people would like to be exposed to but again that’s if you are within 3 feet of the meter everytime it transmits it signal back to the collector. Maybe your neighborhood does things different but around here once our meter is installed we don’t stand around staring at it all day. So how much radiation can you really exposing yourself too. Odds are just vacuuming your house is doing way more damage to your body than these meters ever could. Please feel free to respond. I look forward to analyzing your evidence

  2. shivani says:

    To begin with, you seem to presume that making those calls would have no biological effect. However, Dr. Magda Havas’ experiments have shown that some EHS individuals experience immediate and severe cardiac effects from cordless phone radiation. Google for her two websites.

    Personally, since our local library put in WiFi, I can no longer be there more than about 10 minutes before I experience intense pain in my head. This dissipates in about 20 minutes after I get out of there. A number of librarians have had to quit their jobs because of similar reactions. One of the world’s largest libraries, the main one of Paris, France, removed their WiFi system because of symptoms it was causing. The field strengths, of course, were low.

    The field strength is not the main factor to be concerned with. The frequencies involved are the most crucial thing.

    In addition, research has shown that in some cases, exposure to a “small” amount of radiation causes more biological effect than exposure to a stonger field.

    The Precautionary Prinlciple has not been adhered to before rolling out all the various communications technologies. No research has been done re the effect of chronic exposure to the RF signal from utility meters, so of course I cannot refer to it. Instead, the entire population is being used as guinea pigs.

    In my area, each home’s meter broadcasts a signal of that home’s electricity usage every 6 seconds.

    In some areas, the signals from the utility meters are “piggybacked” from one to another, to the pickup receiver, so that exposure is just about continuous.

    Some of these meters have been installed so that they are just inches from the head of a sleeper inside the home. Some apartments have an entire bank of these meters outside their bedroom wall.

    However, you have presumed that the radiation is only being broadcast from the meter itself, wheras the RF signal also rides on the building wiring and is broadcast from there throughout the building.

    I have received, and also read elsewhere, the accounts of many people who have been, and are being, severely affected by the installation of a broadcasting meter on their home. See, for instance, http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=2292

    In California, where the public is far more informed about the health effects of exposure to communications frequencies, the installation of these meters has been widely protested, and some cities have imposed a moratorium on their installation.

    EHS people go to great expense and effort to create a safe home environment for themselves. Do you really believe that a utility company has the right to install health-damaging equipment on our homes?

    Shivani

  3. Soapbox Jill says:

    Joey Currie said, “you have presumed that the radiation is only being broadcast from the meter itself, wheras the RF signal also rides on the building wiring and is broadcast from there throughout the building.”

    Besides Shivani’s excellent answer to that, please also consider this: radiofrequencies bounce off of metal, so can also come back through the walls and bodies they just penetrated. Smart meters in a neighborhood all “dither” which means their bursts of rf energy are staggered, resulting in a soup of exposure from all meters within your range, along with any bouncing off metal items. Within the course of playing outside, children could easily be close to the meters when they burst radiation. Each burst can disrupt cellular function, thus, this dithering keeps pounding away at living bodies.

    By the way, Joey, our water meters send pulse EVERY FOUR SECONDS from every house around us. For someone sensitive, the combined signals are enough to make one’s own house unlivable. This is truly a CRIME. Even for people and pets not yet sensitized, that can change with long enough exposure.

    Joey, please look at the following and then tell me there is absolutely NO reason to apply the Precautionary Principle to wireless devices:

    http://www.bioinitiative.org/freeaccess/report/index.htm

    http://www.magdahavas.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Navy_Radiowave_Brief.pdf

    http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/index.php/smart-meter-research/114-new-studies-niradiation

  4. Soapbox Jill says:

    (Shivani, this is my corrected comment)
    Joey Currie said: “Meters transmit a maximum of 6 seconds per day.”

    Besides Shivani’s excellent answer to that, please also consider this: radiofrequencies bounce off of metal, so can also come back through the walls and bodies they just penetrated. Smart meters in a neighborhood all “dither” which means their bursts of rf energy are staggered, resulting in a soup of exposure from all meters within your range, along with any bouncing off metal items. Within the course of playing outside, children could easily be close to the meters when they burst radiation. Each burst can disrupt cellular function, thus, this dithering keeps pounding away at living bodies.

    By the way, Joey, our water meters send pulse EVERY FOUR SECONDS from every house around us. For someone sensitive, the combined signals are enough to make one’s own house unlivable. This is truly a CRIME. Even for people and pets not yet sensitized, that can change with long enough exposure.

    Joey, please look at the following and then tell me there is absolutely NO reason to apply the Precautionary Principle to wireless devices:

    http://www.bioinitiative.org/freeaccess/report/index.htm

    http://www.magdahavas.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Navy_Radiowave_Brief.pdf

    http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/index.php/smart-meter-research/114-new-studies-niradiation

  5. Bonnie says:

    Hello Shivani,
    Thank you for warning people about these horrible devices known as smart meters. I had requested that utility not install one, had post a “do not install smart meter” on my meter box, but the power company installed on anyway.

    The device that was illegally placed on my house in run by power line communications instead of being wireless. Most people think this is better than wireless, but it is not. At least with the wireless device, it’s possible to get far enough away from it not to affected by the radiation, but with PLC the dirty electromagnetic fields follow the electrical wiring throughout the entire house, so one cannot get far enough away.

    Since my meter was installed, I have had constant ringing in my ears, hear a constant hum, heart palpitations, and headaches.

    Please, anyone reading this, write to your local, state and federal representatives about these harmful and unsafe devices. Not only do they harm our health, they also are surveilllance devices which can be hacked. Electrical usage tells a great deal about the devices we use and whether we are at home or away. If your utility disrepects you enough to put one of these devices on your home against your will, they will surely sell your personal information for a buck. That information will not only be wanted by companies wishing to sell you something, it will also be wanted by those looking for patterns on when a resident is away from their home.

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