Why You Should Say NO to a Smart Meter
The other day I found out that the so-called “smart meters” were coming to our area. I'd already seen the trailer to the Take Back Your Power movie and heard enough about these things to know that we did NOT want one on our house. Now that I've done more digging, I'm even more convinced. More about that in a bit, but first:
You might also want to read the post my friend, Bob, wrote for me — he's not as worried about this issue as I am: Should We REALLY be Concerned and Stop Smart Meter Installation?
But here's more about the way I'm leaning on this one…
The phone call to our power company
I dialed Consumers and here's how it went:
“I'm calling to let you know that we do not want a smart meter on our house.”
Could you tell me why you don't want one?“
“I'd rather not say.” (I didn't care to waste time listening to her practiced response. I'm sure she was trained, “If the customer says _____, then you say _____.“)
Then she told me that it would cost us to opt out: a $70 one-time fee plus $10/month! I asked why in the world we'd have to pay NOT to get a new piece of technology on our house.
Well that fee is just because we'll still have to have an employee come read your meter, and we'll have to pay to keep the old meters in stock in case yours breaks.“
I said, “Whatever we have to do, we don't want it.”
WHY You Should Say NO to a Smart Meter — Even if it Costs You!
This began as a post about the health risks and dangers of smart meters, and WOW, there really are some scary facts to be aware of, but as I looked into this more, the security and privacy issues have me just as freaked out!
I've embedded some videos below to help you learn more about all facets of the issue, but first here are a few excepts:
Clever people called the technology ‘smart', to make it seem intimidating so no one would question it.”
The power company says there is no reason for concern, what do you say to that? “The question to ask them is what is the evidence that smart meters are safe and have no adverse health effects? And the answer is that there is no such evidence, and while no one has actually done human health studies in relation to people living in homes with smart meters, we have evidence from a whole variety of other sources that demonstrates convincingly and consistently that exposure to radio frequency and radiation at elevated levels for long periods of time increases the risk of cancer, increases damage to the nervous system, causes electro-sensitivity, has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems, so there is no justification for the statement that smart meters have no adverse effects.“
“It should be up to each individual to identify whether or not they want to be continuously exposed 24-7 to elevated levels of radio frequency radiation.”
Regarding the privacy issue: “This is a search without a warrant every day.“
“The smart meter is for the benefit of the utility, it saves them money because they don't have to have people go out and read meters. It's at the expense of the consumer who has to live in the house that has this constant exposure, so an informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analog meter.”
Want to be part of a big human experiment?
There are many websites and supporters to be found on both sides of this debate, and some say that smart meters emit no more radiation than your cell phone. (They used to say cigarettes were safe too, didn't they? I can think of a few other examples of when “they” said something wasn't dangerous and “they” were wrong, can you?) Others say that smart meter radiation is 160 times the radiation exposure from your cell phone.
Obviously nobody really knows since no studies have been done, and I'd rather not be part of a big human experiment, so I'll err on the side of caution and common sense thankyouverymuch.
Watch these videos and let me know what you think:
I thought the videos at this site were helpful: The EMF Safety Network on Smart Meter Safety. Watch a few of them below (or click over to see the rest) — they are shocking and scary and hopefully you're seeing them in time to opt out, but if not, you can still have your smart meter removed!
Trailer for the DVD, “Take Back Your Power”:
- See this newer post on the topic: Should We REALLY be Concerned and Stop Smart Meter Installation?
- I’ve always been the type of person who wants to get to the TRUTH on whatever topic is intriguing me at the moment. When it comes to what I’m feeding my family or their health in general, this isn’t an easy task, and what an understatement that is. With the abundance of information available to us today, figuring out who to believe can eat up every waking hour of every day, especially since “they” keep changing their stories through the years on what is, or is not, good for us. SO HOW DO WE FIND THE TRUTH? Click here to read my take on this dilemma!