Your Health, Safety, Privacy, Security and
Constitutional Rights will be compromised so that
.the power company can take control.of your personal energy usage.
.They will call it "Choice."
You will think you are "Smart."
.What is a "Smart Meter?"
Graphic from brochure, available from StopSmartMeters.org/storeYour utilities - water, gas and electricity - are measured with meters whenever you use them. These are usually referred to as "analog" meters because they have no digital electronics in them. An analog meter is shown at the top of this page. Smart Meters convert the measured amount used into digital electronic data. That may not sound like much of a problem, but it is only the beginning of the story.
Historically, your meter was read once a month at the most. Usually, a Meter Reader came onto your property and recorded the number of units used and you were sent a bill based on the difference from the last reading. Smart Meters do a lot more.
Most Smart Meter battles are being fought around electric meters. They are capable of automatically sending the information they collect to the utility company. This might be okay if it only happened once a month. It does not. If your house has a Smart Meter, data about your electric use can be sent almost continuously.
The problems are compounded because many Smart Meters transmit this information wirelessly. The result is that you end up with a radio transmitter device hanging on your house that broadcasts bursts of high energy radiation carrying potentially detailed information about what is happening inside your home.
Finally, there is the problem that the communication is not just from your meter to the power company. The power company can talk back to the meter and the meter can react to commands. Ultimately this may include things like controlling devices within your home or limiting the amount of electricity you can use.
Here is a great article from Consumers Digest that explains the issues in depth.
If you are faced with a decision about whether or not a Smart Meter is good for you, use this site as a jumping off point to videos, documents, news reports and blogs to help you in your research. Various aspects of the Smart Meter problem are covered in the Issues tab at the top of this page. If you decide against having a smart meter installed on your home, use the Notice of No Consent Letter page to help protect yourself.
The above picture is an example of what a Smart Meter looks like. In fine print, above the digital display are the letters "FCC." This indicates that the meter is equipped with a radio transmitter.
Not all Smart meters are wireless like the one above. The wireless units are the ones that pose potential health risks and are most easily "hacked." Non-wireless meters are still a threat to your health, privacy, security and civil liberties.
Use this site to learn about all the problems surrounding "smart meters" from sources gathered from around the world.
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