By B.N. Frank
Utility companies worldwide have installed electric, gas, and water “Smart” Meters. They are very EXPENSIVE (see 1, 2), very problematic, and very unpopular (see 1, 2). Most (if not all) of the cost for their installation AND replacements have been and continue to be passed onto customers. From the start, so many issues were reported about them – including fires and explosions (see 1, 2. 3. 4) – that a documentary was produced in 2013 and then updated in 2017 to include even more.
“Smart” Meters are 2-way wireless transmitting so they emit high levels of Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”). Adverse health issues have been experienced by humans (see 1, 2) and animals after their installation. People have taken action against utility companies because of this (see 1, 2. 3).
“Smart” Meter proponents (see 1, 2) promised that the meters would help customers significantly reduce their energy use and lower their bills. NOPE. Adding insult to injury, they can actually USE MORE ENERGY to operate than 1-way transmitting analog meters. That additional use is at least sometimes being passed on to customers (see 1, 2). Ridiculously high measurement errors have also been scientifically documented and reported with “Smart” Meters.
Regardless, utility companies keep installing them because “Smart” Meters collect customer usage data 24/7, whereas original analog meters DO NOT. Utilities collect and analyze usage data so they can market more products and services to customers and/or sell it to 3rd parties a la “Surveillance Capitalism.” In fact, an estimate 34.8 million MORE are being shipped out for installation next year. Argh.
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Activist Post reports regularly about “Smart” Meters and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
- EMF Safety Network
- Smart Grid Awareness
- Take Back Your Power
- The People’s Initiative
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