Skip to comments.Smart Meters – Not a Smart Idea Health & Safety Risks of Wireless Utility Meters
Posted on 05/07/2013 4:05:52 AM PDT by RightSideNews
There are now 322 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. and 4 billion worldwide with over 5 million cell towers and antennas scattered across the planet. 20 million Americans currently use wireless laptops, tablets, and routers, and according to the Wireless Association, that number has increased by 50% in just the last two years. Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation (RFR) that consists of low intensity high frequency radio waves of non-ionizing radiation in the microwave range of approximately 900 MHz to 2.4 GHz. Wireless RFR now permeates most cities and rural areas and is spreading at lightning speed around the globe. Up until recently, we could choose whether or not to use a wireless device, however this has changed with the introduction of smart meters.
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Ridiculous. There is a very severe difference between holding a radio transmitter right next to your brain pan (cell phone), and having one (smart meter) sitting in your basement/garage at many yards removal. The “1/r^2” law applies.
This is about the DUMBEST article I’ve ever seen!
Folks this is pure BS!
First off, smart meters only transmit after they’ve received a request for informaiton.
Second the time of transmission is measured in milliseconds; an eye blink is about 50 milliseconds and this is transmission is less than half that.
Third, walk outside on a nice sonny day... Congradulations, you’ve just been exposed to 1,000 times more radiation than this thing!
What a bunch of effing trolls...
Where I live the smart meters are on the outside of the house furthest away from living areas killing his whole argument. I wasnt even home when it was installed
Our local fire department isn’t so much interested in the smart meters as they are the digital meters due to a high rate of fires starting at the meters.
Which ends up being about 500 seconds of being online per day, or the equivalent of using your home’s Wifi to watch one 8-minute youtube video.
For all its faults, the SmartMeter uses the same frequency, and about the same power level, as normal home WiFi signals (2.4GHz). The transmitter is tiny, since all it has to do is reach to the next SmartMeter.
I’m much more concerned with the apparent fire risk these things have (no UL listing), and the intrusive view of your power usage that it affords anyone who cares to look.
Smart Meters and the author of the story ain’t so smart. Probably drives around in a Smart Car too.
My Smart Meters are watching me.
Wear copper wrist bands.
Smart Meters are Big Brother in waiting.
Wonder if the concern trolls stopped to consider that they're getting more EMag radiation from the computers that they're typing on, than from the smart meters.
I odn’t object to Smart Meters because of health effects. This strikes me as fear-mongering of the most silly sort. But I have to say, I don’t like smart meters because I don’t like having that much information automatically transmitted about my activities.
The issue is not cancer. The issue is privacy.
If you look at all the ways information is being collected about you every day. Web searches, credit cards, scanned emails, intercepted phone calls, cell phone GPS, gun permits, shopping patterns, social networking, tax records... It is possible to reconstruct your entire life from records that are being spun off every day without your knowledge or consent. Now smart meters are broadcasting when you are home and when you are away.
That is about as rational as the idea that a ten watt cell transponder on a tower 150 feet over your head is gonna cause a brain tumor.
But if this is what it takes to stop an Eeeeeeevil government from taking control of all the on/off switches in my house, let’s shout it from the rooftops!!!
I only have one warning in regard to smart meters... I live in a mid-century house and it took the power company 5 tries to install one that worked. It also meant a week with only partial power. The new meters are very sensitive and most of the installers they send out are barely technicians. If they use any force to click them into place the connection tabs may bend and later arc the power. Finally they sent a crew that knew how to install a meter properly. And no, the power company will not refund me the cost of having an electrician come out initially to diagnose the issue and determine it wasn’t an inside problem.
Obama...we cant keep our houses at 72 degrees all the time... That's not leadership, That's not going to happen.
smart meters=more big brother
“...smart meters and cell towers produce microwaves that go out in all directions and immerse the body in RFR which increases the risk of overexposure to sensitive organs such as the eyes and testicles.”
Perfect! Load up the big city liberal bastions, and sterilize em!
Every once in a while I get the urge to hook up solar panels and a full house battery system. I'll then set up a constant trickle charge to cover my average electricity usage rather than drawing from the grid when I need power.
I've also started using a lot more cash for transactions to keep the credit card companies from being able to track everything I do.
I think the big thing the power companies want to be able to do is have dynamic pricing so they can charge more on hot afternoons and the current price during nights (charge less than the current price at night? hahahahhahaah!) Unfortunately like most dynamic pricing systems they will be far too dynamic so you will never be able to plan ahead and most will just end up paying more.
Well, our installation isn't "truly" a "smart meter", at least not for the whole house. Ours is attached ONLY to the water heater.
We are in an odd situation.....I live on an island in Puget Sound. The island's electricity is supplied by two main trunks, one of which is an ancient submarine cable, and the other of which runs along the bridge to the island. With the opening of the second Narrows bridge, our once rural area is transitioning to "bedroom community" status, and the population has gone up quite a bit....stressing the electricity supply, especially during the winter months.
Our rural coop is installing a major new submarine cable link, but until that is done, they wanted the option to shed load during peak periods so as to avoid various sorts of "blackouts". The coops tech guys identified the water heaters as the biggest house load that can be remotely switched with minimum inconvenience to the homeowners.
Hence our "sort of bright" meters. Last winter we saw no effects from the remote-controlled meter....we had no notable differences in our hot water supply availability.
Ah - this old tripe.
I thought the article would address the dangers of giving the power company the ability to control your power consumption for those that must have electricity (to keep medicines cool, for example).
The only place I’ve ever been in where I felt like I was being radiated was at a little church in WV which had big HV power lines passing right overhead. We found that if you stood outside and held one metal end of a 4-foot fluorescent bulb, it lit up quite nicely.
“In my area there is no opt out right now, it is involuntary and constant...”
My area has an opt out, but the power company then charges you directly for having someone come and physically read your meter. Either way you lose.
The pole where I get my electricity is about 350 feet from my house, and the nearest house is over a quarter-mile away. Also, I work in RF, and the 2.4 Ghz spectrum is so overly populated now it’s ridiculous, putting something “mission critical” in that spectrum is suicide.
My power meter is about one and one half feet from where you would sit on my front room couch. It’s not on the other side of the garage where I would like it to be. I opted out of the Smart Meter and so now I pay an extra ten or twenty a month because someone has to come and actually read the meter each month.