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How to Refuse 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, but. 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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9 COMMENTS

  1. I live in rural south dakota, and I refused a smart meter when they tried to install it, so they waited until I’d gone out. When I came back there it was. Fortunately it’s on a pole away from the house and I have put an HHG [a little orgone generator] on the north side of the pole to change the frequency pattern of the device.
    Cancer as you know is a fungus and is caused by acidity, the radiation has an acid reaction in the body. Eat green, eat raw, get your blood alkaline and take phyto nutrient supplements. A great company is Standard Process, all organic, no fillers and dried below 100F to preserve the enzymes.
    We have the tools to protect ourselves, so let the madmen run riot. People who are on the six o’ clock bus out of this dimension will be led to the right information.
    It’s all good!
    Zen, you are doing a great service to humanity.
    Much love and blessings to you.
    Elva.

  2. Excellent Zen. Yes, every structure becomes an electric chair with 60,000 HrZ blasting through every bit of wiring from the smart meter.
    Burning all of biological life to the ground , even the DNA/holy code.

  3. Here in NZ they are “testing” smartmeters in certain population areas. I received a phone call asking me to schedule an appointment to have one installed, and my reply was “I don’t want one -thank you very much.” A week later, a letter came that they needed to come and install one – I checked the company website (Genesis) which changed their “rights” to that of NOT being able to block the installation of a smartmeter. I changed companies. When I advised them of this, I got a very aggressive 45 minute telephone call from one of the salesman trying to dissuade me from changing companies/telling me that “ANY company that does not have them won’t be around for long because everything will be interfaced with SMARTappliances” — so you see where this is going & it is yet another moneymaker which will force people to buy ALL NEW appliances that interface with the “grid.” (alot like digital for television) Anyhow, there ARE companies that are not requiring them. I have signed up with one of them, although the price of electricity is quite a bit more expensive. So, not only are they experimenting on us with SmartMeters – they are forcing prices up to the point where it becomes ridiculous to afford it. I noticed at WORK they have a very large smart meter and put orgonite on the top of the box, as the box has a key lock on it.

  4. I am happy to have this article to read, but it seems to just drop off at the end. The first step is…implying that there is more than one step to ensure refusal of the smart meter. What are the other steps? The article does not lay out the other steps…perhaps the author can write a supplemental to this article explaining the subsequent steps necessary?

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