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Smart Meters: The Basics

Do you have one of these on the side of your house? Don’t know? Well, that’s normal…your electric company probably didn’t tell you they were switching out your old analog electric meter for this new digital “smart” meter. These devices are supposed to provide better energy efficiency…mostly by monitoring customer usage!

The tradeoff however is privacy and health. I’ll get to the privacy issues later. Health first…

Many of these meters are set up to emit a signal every 30 seconds all day long. Seems kind of inefficient, since the energy company only needs to consult your usage once a month! In any case, this signal the smart meters sends out is in the form of Radiofrequency energy, the same kind emitted by your cell phone, WiFi or other wireless devices. The FCC may tell you that the levels of RF energy emitted by these devices are harmless, but they don’t know that. They only know that nobody has decisively proven to them YET that they are harmful.

So, in order to protect yourself from this new source of electrosmog, here’s a few steps you can take.

Find out if you have a smart meter or an analog meter. The smart meter has a digital screen while the analog has numbers that physically roll through.

If you do have a smart meter, locate which room is on the other side of the wall from it. Make sure that you don’t spend extended periods of time near that wall. Be extra careful not to locate the head of your bed on the other side of the wall from the smart meter!

You may even want to place a piece of furniture, such as a bookshelf or armoire against the wall in question so that you can make sure that no one is sitting or sleeping in this high risk spot. Keeping some distance from the smart meter will lower your exposure since RF energy decreases with distance.

More efficient means of protecting your home from this RF radiation are available with shielding. If you are EHS or simply concerned about this stressor, shielding will likely be a helpful solution.

If you don’t have a smart meter yet, you will soon. Plans are to create a nationwide smart grid, and it will only work if everyone is connected. Some individuals have successfully opted out. You might try tagging your old analog meter with a sign to tell the power company you don’t want a smart meter.

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