How Smart are Smart Meters?

We Americans are in danger of going overboard again in yet another direction.

To our credit, we have been a seat of new inventions and sky’s the limit possibilities. It’s exciting to live in the U.S.

To our peril, we have heartily embraced the fast food industry which began about 45 years ago with a small, affordable hamburger and a little bag of fries. Yet, it spawned the obesity epidemic we have today, added an inch to our dinner plates, called for enlarged theatre seats and automated grocery carts, while bringing us humongous health problems.

Our current direction is taking us overboard with technology. Computers and Cell phones progressed to Blackberries, IPods, Kindles and you name it – all asking for more radioactive energy to keep going. Yet, we are not attending to the potential dues: health problems we are going to have to pay for; and this time, the price is higher because it’s being added to existing problems.

The Northern Pass project is being pushed on us before definitive research has been completed. Healthier options, such as underground placement of lines, continue to be rejected. We do hope to generate more energy, but within safe parameters that are not based solely on making money for giant corporations at the expense of consumers.

While the NP debate is distracting the general public’s attention, the new wrinkle is for electric companies to begin replacing existing meters with Smart Meters. This means that the utilities will be throwing away billions of dollars worth of meters that are working just fine, and replacing them with Smart Meters costing billions more, and at a time when we’re supposed to be tightening our belts.

There is no way this can possibly reduce or maintain current costs. We consumer members will have to pay the bill and suffer whatever health problems the lack of sufficient safety research brings to us.

According to the Sage Associates Report, “Assessment of Radio Frequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters”, which is available online, “people who have medical or metal implants or other conditions rendering them vulnerable to health risks at lower levels than FCC RF limits may be particularly at risk.” That’s just for starters: there’s much more.

Smart Meters are not optional and utility companies are installing them even when occupants don’t want them. Once the Smart Meters are installed on our homes, schools and businesses, the next step will be to put transmitters on all the appliances in our homes, thereby increasing exposure inside and out. California is already experiencing problems.

We do not know what continued exposure will mean for us and it is clear that more research needs to be heeded in order to insure that we keep each other well.


One Response to “How Smart are Smart Meters?”

  1. elizabethterp Says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    Thanks for your inquiry. Go to Sage and a menu will come up for 3 ways to download the report, free.

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