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Smart Meter Radiation – 3 Things You Must Know

Posted by Lloyd Burrell on October 19, 2011 under Smart Meters | 55 Comments to Read

Smart meters give off electromagnetic radiation (EMFs).

EMFs are detrimental to your health. Period.

I know this is true. David Carpenter also believes this is true.

I know Smart meters are dangerous because I am electrosensitive.

David Carpenter, however is an MD (a medical doctor) and director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany.

In this interview he makes three important points in the Smart meter radiation debate:

– the utility companies are saying smart meters are perfectly safe, but the question we should be asking is what evidence is there that smart meters are safe?

– on the contrary, the evidence already exists that exposure to radio frequency radiation (as given off by smart meters ) is detrimental to our health

– whether or not you have a smart meter installed on your home should be your choice and nobody else’s

Here is the video:

Transcript“I’m David Carpenter. I am a public health physician. I graduated from Harvard Medical School and I worked for the New York State Department of Public Health for 18 years. During that period of time, I was responsible for administering a program on electromagnetic fields. I subsequently became the Dean of School of Public Health. Presently, I’m a faculty member in the School of Public Health and the director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany.

Smart Meter Radiation

Interviewer: Thank you, and Central Main Power says there is no reason to be concerned about smart meters, there are no health effects, and everyone who is worried about health effects of RF from smart meters or from the mesh network really has nothing to be concerned about. What do you say to that? I say that’s absolutely false. The question to ask then is; what is the evidence that smart meters are safe and have no adverse health effects? The answer to that question is that there is no such evidence. In fact, 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 of radio frequency exposure that demonstrated, convincingly and consistently, that exposure to radio frequency radiation at elevated levels for long period of time: increases the risks of cancer, increases the damage to the nervous system, causes electro-sensitivity, has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other affects on different organs systems. So there is no reason, no justification, for the statement that smart meters have no adverse health effects.

Smart Meter Radiation Exposure A Matter of Individual Choice

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. The smart meter is for the benefit of the utility. It saves them money because they don’t have to then have people going out reading the meters. It’s at the expense of the consumer who has to live in the house that has this constant exposure. An informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analog meter.”

I am clear about the dangers of Smart meter radiation, David Carpenter is clear, are you clear on this issue?

  • Renee said,

    Hi Lloyd,
    Thanks for all the educating you’re doing – great website.
    What’s your take on this – I have 9 smart meters about 10 ft away from my bedroom, on other side of a small laundry room. I am symptomatic – static-like brain surges, chronic ear ringing, insomnia at nite, hair loss, mood changes; I sleep in other room -now 30+ ft away – since realizing the smart meter situation. A friend is setting me up with grounding solutions. Personally i dont think that will be enough. I ‘m buying a trifield meter to actually measure output, then I go to the Homeowners assn and pitch to get these SMs out of the complex. 9 other condo units have same set-up as mine. If I can’t get results in 2-4 months, I will move..tho in Southern Calif. is challenging to find a place where SMs are not an issue. So I want to take this on, to see if I can help change the situation. Any advice for me? Do you think grounding alone is enough? And what monitor screen protection do you recommend? Thanks again, R

  • Lloyd said,

    It might not be the advice you want to hear, but with the symptoms you already have, I would be looking to move out, the sooner the better (temporarily at least until you can get the smart meters removed). Grounding has helped me a lot, but with the scenario you are describing it will be a bit like trying to put out a house fire with a bucket of water.
    A cynic might say “there is no proof it’s the smart meters”, right, but there is no proof there isn’t, listen to your intuition on this one, I guess you already know they are the problem.
    If it’s the Trifield 100XE you are wanting to buy you are going to find it difficult to get any meaningful RF radiation readings. You need to buy (or rent) a dedicated RF meter, there are lots on the market, the best value one I have found is the Cornet ed85ex (I wrote a review on it).
    Prepare yourself for an uphill battle trying to convince people of the dangers of SMs, this is not a fight you want to be in on your own. Go and knock on your neighbors doors, you can bet there are other people that are being affected. Try and get a protest movement going, the people at are active in Southern California, I’m sure they will be able to give you some support.
    As for screen monitor protection, you really need to look at the big picture, look at all the sources of EMFs in your environment, this article might help you
    Best of luck.

  • Renee said,

    Lloyd, you’re right – not what I wanted to hear…but I get it. I need to act quickly. I am both looking to move and also have written a flyer for my neighbors to increase awareness and hopefully some action. There are 9 other units in my exact situation with the 9 meters adjacent. Already the HOA has deferred me to SDG&E.
    I checked out the Cornet you reviewed…i would prefer a meter that gives audible pulses as I think it drives a point home – you know of one? I see this HFE35C on youtube but they are quite costly at 763 euros.
    Thanks again for the great work you do.

  • Lloyd said,

    I haven’t tested the HFE35C but to my mind it’s a lot of money for a meter that only measures up to 3.3Ghz – there are more and more wireless devices operating in the 5-6 Ghz range. The Acoustimeter costs about half that and measures up to 8Ghz.

  • Kathleen said,

    I live in Southern California. They switched me to a smart meter without my knowledge or consent. I have begun turning off my electricity at the box everyday in an attempt to protect my cats from EMFs. Does this lessen the smart meter radiation at all? I could also start doing this when I sleep. Is it helpful or am I deluding myself? Thank you.

  • Lloyd said,

    If you are turning off your power in your home obviously the smart meter is still working so it won’t change anything there, but it will eliminate the EMFs in your wiring and thereby reduce your overall EMF exposure. So yes it is a “smart” move (pardon me for the pun), as is doing it at night.

  • Kathleen said,

    Thank you very much, Lloyd! That makes sense. I’ll start switching the box off during the day when I am at work and during sleep hours.

  • kathyp said,

    Hi Lloyd, I’m live on a small farm in NH. A smart meter was installed on my barn right outside a pregant goat’s pen. Will this affect her babies and the milk that we drink. Also, we had one installed on our home that has 2 five year old children. This happened while I was away and without my permission. I am concerned.

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Kathy
    I would be looking to have the smart meter removed if it is near your or your children’s bedrooms, for tips see .
    Studies show that RF radiation (the type that smart meters emit) is particularly detrimental to children and the foetus. There is a possibility that EMF exposure could impede your goat’s reproductive cycle.

  • kathyp said,

    Hi Lloyd, Thanks so much for your important information. I called our electric co and was told removiing the smart meters was not an option in NH. I’m also concerned about the goat milk that we will be drinking after our goat delivers. Does the EMF exposure go into goat’s milk?

  • Lloyd said,

    Don’t expect them to remove the smart meter without a fight, registered mail, a petition, a letter from your doctor etc. Kick up a stink, if you can argue on health grounds they will have to give in eventually.
    Do the EMFs effect your goats milk? Well EMF exposure has been shown to damage cells, cause DNA chain breaks, effect stress proteins…. I’m only speculating but I can’t see how the milk can’t be affected.

  • Gary Neidringhaus said,

    I bought the Cornet ed85ex meter. My smart meter does not indicate burst (momentary) levels higher than -10dBm.

  • Michelle said,

    We have a gas smart meter and an electric smart meter and you HAVE to take them or you dont get power – it is very much a BIG BROTHER/POWER issue here. We have to sleep under a RF shielded bed canopy to be able to sleep and suffer during the day with a mulititude of symptoms: nose bleeds/nausea/dizziness/tingling through the body/ severe headaches/extreme fatigue/very bad muscle and joint pain/drainage from my eyes/ – the Texas PUC in their own words said they are not mandatory but the utility companies are forcing them on customers and if you dont take them you get no power –
    We are currently FIGHTING this battle, it will be long and hard but pressing onward.
    These are very very dangerous meters – cannot stress enough how dangerous they are.
    WE ARE LOSING OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS – it is a direct violation of our human rights – I should not have to live under these conditions by FORCE.

  • George Shaver said,

    Smart Meters were snuck into my condo complex without my knowledge or even my knowledge of what a smart meter was. I read an article about it and then discovered that there were 12 smart meters on the outside wall of my bedroom. I had been sleeping with my head witin less than a foot from that same wall.

    I have had post polio since 1993. Had more nerve loss and muscle loss during the past 18 months since S.M. were deployed than the whole time previous. For the past two months i have been confined to a electric wheelchair and I think it was because of the S.M. deployment to my condo.

    I bought a cornet EM85EX, but can’t get it to work on S.M. radiation. Other reading by friend shows off top of chart radiation.

    I used reynolds wrap and covered the inside wall of my B.R.

    I opted out.

    Still shows off the top of chart for EMF Radiation.

    Electric co. changed and put 6 S.M. at the opposite end of the bldg. leaving 5 + my analog up against the outside B.R. wall.
    and there appears to be a new much bigger box against outside B.R. wall. They were plugging and unplugging it. this bigger one was so dirty that it caused a headache within 2 seconds of being 2 ft. from it. It appears to be a smart meter tower.

    Can you halp me?

    Do you have a meter that can accurately measure the emf or harmful radiation in my codo and bedroom?

    Can someone help me sue the electric utility?

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi George
    In your message you refer to a Cornet EM85EX I am guessing that was a typing error and that you are actually referring to the Cornet ED85EX. The precise frequency that Smart meters operate on varies from operator to operator….for instance the PG&E Silver Springs Network smart meter operates in the 902-928 MHz frequency range, the Zigbee HAN in the 2.4 GHz range. The Cornet ED85EX is perfectly adapted to measuring RF radiation at these frequencies – it can measure RF radiation in the range 1MHz to 8GHz. How to know if your meter has a problem? Holding your Cornet ED85EX at a distance of 3 to 4 feet from your smart meter should give you readings (make sure you are on the mW/m² or V/m setting, see the video on this page If your friends RF meter is showing RF readings, then this suggests that your meter is faulty. Try taking readings from a DECT cordless phone or microwave oven in operation – if your meter does not register anything here then clearly its faulty – contact the outlet/website where you bought it and explain the problem. They will usually re-calibrate for free.

  • di said,

    I feel effects.. i cant take this smart meter… just started investigating after working out myself that my health was ok yet i have a constant headache inside my house.

  • George Shaver said,

    Thanks, Lloyd;
    Yes, i have a ED85EXS I need one like the Cornet ED75G RF/LF because I am getting Watts per meter sq. but my friend reads it better using Gauss. Are you sure I also want Watts per meter sq.? or do i want the measusrement in Gauss? Do I need both?

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi George
    RF radiation is typically measured in mW/m² or V/m. But gauss is a measure of magnetic fields…which is quite different though equally/perhaps more harmful. The ED85EX measures only RF radiation if you want to measure magnetic fields then the Cornet ED75 or Trifield 100XE (which have a gaussmeter function) will enable you to do this, the Trifield is the more accurate of the two. I would not expect a smart meter to emit magnetic fields…maybe your wiring is faulty, a gaussmeter will allow you to determine this.

  • George Kackos said,

    Since our water meter stopped working, our water district wanted to replace it with a smart meter. Because of the research I’ve done on your site and others, I asked to opt-out and supplied them with a lot of information including your site. As a result, the district has established an opt-out program costing $10 per month.
    In my discussions with them, they stressed that their meter is safe because it transmits at 900 MHz at 2 watts for 1 minute 4 times a day from a radio transmitter outside the house to a single base station. Details on their Flex Net Model 510M Non-Pit Set Unit are availiable at
    I’ve been sharing my concerns with our family and neighbors and would like your input on how serious is the RF coming from their meter. How does it compare with other RF sources? Can you refer me to pages or quotes in the Bioinitiative 2012 Report that relate to this question? Doesn’t it warrant opting out? I plan to share my findings at a water district meeting and object to the monthly opt-out fee.
    Thanks for providing us a great web site.

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi George
    The water meter the utility company wants to install is a smart meter. It emits radio frequency radiation. The scientific evidence is overwhelming and there are a growing number of experts who are now openly opposed to this technology, see The BioInitiative report is a good source of information – there are pages and pages of studies detailing the adverse health effects, see Under “Summary for the public and conclusions” there is an 11 page table entitled “Reported Biological Effects from Radiofrequency Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure (Cell Tower, Wi-Fi, Wireless Laptop and ‘Smart’ Meter RF Intensities)” – this should help you.

  • Don said,

    Greetings Lloyd,

    My understanding is that sheet metal,or even aluminum foil, properly grounded, will block the emissions from a bank of smart meters next to my house from coming into my house?

    Thank you ,


  • Lloyd said,

    Sheet metal or aluminum foil properly installed can block smart meter emissions, as with installing any EMF shielding you need to proceed with method; take readings, shield, take readings, re-shield as necessary. See,

  • Don said,

    Thank you m8….I appreciate your efforts to push aside the veil of corporate lies in the interest of their profit.
    I also appreciate your expertise.


  • George Shaver said,

    Thank you, Lloyd, for helping me navigate through these complex electric, electromagnatic, High or Low Frequency, EMF or RF, Goss or Wm2. Thanks for understanding.

    I need to ask you again for your opinion because the situation has changed. The Gigahurtz HF35C has been showing readings that vary greately from very good to very bad. I also use a Goss Meter that shows me a rather constant predictable reading of okay to caution.

    i’m still living at my condo where SDG&E attached a bank of Smart Meters to my bedroom wall. My bedroom wall is completely shielded with 2 to 3 layers heavy duty reynolds wrap over the entire wall. Completely over all of the foil i have attached aluminium mesh screening and then grounded it to a proper grounding place using #10 copper wire.

    Initially, readings from my HF35C were mostly at the 003 and that’s where it has been for the past 20 minutes. i am watching it now as i type this comment. But, when i consider what it was only a few weeks ago that it was spiking over the top all night long, I don’t feel save anymore.

    Here is further important information: The broadcast power of each smart meter was 1 watt. I noticed about a month ago that half of the meters were moved to the other side of my building so that now i have a bank of 5 Smart Meters plus one analog meter against my bedroom wall instead of 12, but these 5 meters are not broadcasting at 1 watt each anymore. Each were replaced with a Smart Meter broadcasting at 3 watts each.

    I am speculating that SDG&E had been depending upon using my bedroom wall to transmit data not only for my residence, but for all of the other residents in my building, as well. The shield i put up might have prevented the smart meters from working properly. Can they turn them way up? It must be so and also they replaced the 1 watt broadcasting units with 3 watt smart meters.

    What can I do now and do i need to move out?

    Thanks again,

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi George
    The problem with shielding is that the smart meter powers up to compensate. So long as the radiation does not exceed FCC limits (which are so high they don’t limit anything or protect anybody) the utility companies are free to power up as they like. You can try contacting your utility company, see what they say….if they are not sympathetic to your health issues then moving might be your best option.

  • George Shaver said,

    Thank you for your clarity, LLoyd, but have you ever heard of a utility like SDG&E being this excessive? I am shielding myself and they are desrespecting my right to self protection. They are chasing me down. They know i have a right to self defense, yet they exercise their right to use smart meters to do me harm.

    SDG&E could have gone fiber optic and nobody would have to put up with health destroying smart meters and harmful radiation would not be happening. Am i right about that?

    Barring that, they could have moved all 12 of the smart meters to the other end of the building and not just 6 of them. Instead, they charge me every month to opt-out while forcing me to endure the radiation from 5 smart meters that are not even mine. When I shield my bedroom from the harmful radiation, they spark up the charge and give me a triple dose.

    If moving is my best option, then i have no option at all. They are determined to reach their objective. There will be no home, no business, no structure left that requirs electricity that can avoid smart meter intrusion.

    I understand that the deployment of smart meters is progressing at the rate of thousands more per day. We can move, lloyd, but we can not hide.

  • Lloyd said,

    One of the things my 10+ years of being electrically sensitive has taught me is that there’s always a solution, there’s always a way forward. If SDG&E are not sympathetic you need to look at the other solutions….focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t.

  • Terry said,

    I have a question.
    Hi Lloyd,
    A smart meter emits signals 360 degrees but what can I put in front of it to make the signal mostly go in one direction?, i.e away from the house.
    Its not a option for me to put a shielding material on /in the wall behind the meter so I thought there must be a way to draw most of the signal in one direction.
    I I were to put a magnetic strip or something in front of it, would this work?

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Terry
    I know of no material that can reliably draw smart meter radiation go in one direction…shielding is the only reliable solution… shield those angles where you don’t want it to go using either specialized shielding fabric (see or DIY (typically aluminum) materials…either way the golden rule is to use an RF meter to test before and afterwards to assure the effectiveness of your shielding.

  • Terry said,

    Hi Lloyd,

    I see that you’ve made some posts about Pong cases.
    How do they draw radiation in one direction away from the user? Couldn’t something like the antenna’s used by pong work for a smart meter?

  • Lloyd said,

    Pong cases don’t draw radiation, they use an EMF shielding material to channel the EMFs from a cell phone antenna in a given direction…so again its shielding that offers the protection.

  • nancy said,

    My smart gas meter is located about 100 ft. from my home. They told me it only comes on for 1/2 second a day. Is this a safe distance? I am in California and can opt out, but I will have to pay a charge every month. I have become very ill from my electric SCE smart meter which is on my home. They are going to remove it, but have given me 2 weeks of run around.

  • nancy said,

    SCE just replaced my smart meter with what they told me is an analog meter, but it has a digital read. How do I know this is safe?

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Nancy
    “My smart gas meter is located about 100 ft. from my home. They told me it only comes on for 1/2 second a day. Is this a safe distance? “— Its better to be at 100 ft than 10 ft, I’m reluctant to say its a “safe” distance because nothing is absolutely “safe” with EMFs…but the effects will be much much less.
    “SCE just replaced my smart meter with what they told me is an analog meter, but it has a digital read. How do I know this is safe?” the only way to truly know if this is not a smart meter is to measure with an RF meter.

  • nancy said,

    Thank you Lloyd, I have ordered a cornet meter and will test. They told me I can request a dialed analog meter and I may do that if I get a high reading. This is in the Los Angeles area.

  • Paul Von said,

    To all readers: There is nothing “safe” or “smart” about Smartmeter technology. The meters are so pooly designed, they aren’t even accurate. Aside from the fact that some unexpectedly burst into flames, there are ten’s of thousands of health complaints already of record.
    My advice is to SUE the companies producing this technology. If you are in the United States, please take the time to join in this CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT effort.

    A quote from the linked page:

    Smartmeter Lawsuits California and greater US

    “After having received hundreds of complaints of very serious heath effects from smart meters and smart grid, the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) deemed smart meters and smart grid to be perfectly harmless, made a concerted effort to ignore the health complaints from utility customers all suffering from smart meter/smart grid radiation exposure and allowed the utilities to proceed with wanton disregard for public health and safety. One of those complaining customers, Liz Barris, had to sleep in her car for 7 months due to the wireless meter making her apartment totally uninhabitable. Edison offered to remove the meter, but for a price…$4,000 a year extra, simply to have a safe analog meter on the house. In the Mafia this is known as extortion. Ms. Barris organized a mass tort lawsuit against the utility companies Edison and PG&E for health effects from smart meters/smart grid. Included in the suit are 15 other plaintiffs, most of whom have suffered even worse health effects from their smart meters than Ms. Barris. Please watch the below video to see if you might be experiencing any health effects which may be unbeknownst to you, directly attributable to your smart meter, your neighbor’s smart meters, or the smart grid in your neighborhood.”

    Complete text:

  • Janie said,

    Hello Lloyd,
    Thank you goodness for people like you who care and shares the dangers of EMF. I have been trying to purchase a house for several years and have been unsuccessful because of all the power lines. I have a trifield 100xe that I use all the time. I finally have a house under contract that measures at an avg emf level of 0.2 milligrauss. I had an inspector confirm that with a different emf reader as well. I was so happy until I read about Smart meters. The house is a new construction and has a smart meter. Can a smart meter cause a house to measure at 0.2 for emf but high for RF? I read above that the trifield I have will not meter RF? Is it safe for health as long as it measures 0.2 for emf? Please help.
    Thank you,

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Janie
    For magnetic fields the 2012 BioInitiative Report recommends a limit of 1 mG so the readings you are getting, 0.2 mG, may be considered a safe level.
    Smart meters emit RF radiation…the Trifield 100XE can measure RF radiation from some sources (e.g. a microwave oven) but it’s not sufficiently sensitive to measure smart meter emissions. The Cornet ED78S or Acousticom 2 would give you these readings.

  • Paul Von said,

    Hello Lloyd and readers: There ARE solutions available for smart meter replacements to standard analog models.
    Please be aware that these are “whole house” meters, and may require a professional installation. In many cases, such as the old style General Electric 70S series, the meter simply plugs into a four lug interface.
    Specific metering replacements for other countries such as New Zealand and Austrailia are available at the eBay link as sited. Note how inexpensive these meters actually are, once the “middle man” is removed from the picture.

    The Real Goods store, located in Northern California, has analog meters for sale, at a reasonable $49 each ($7.95 shipping).
    You can also buy them on here:

    These are analog meters with a numerical readout (not digital). They are used but refurbished, and their accuracy certified by a firm in Florida. Shipping is FedEx Ground, and it usually arrives in 1 to 2 days for CA addresses. They will also ship out of state. (The photo here is not a direct representation of the meters they sell, but very similar to their model.)

    Is having your own electric meter changed a crime? Is it “tampering” as PG&E has told people? Basically, no, it does not constitute “tampering”, i.e “a misdemeanor crime which requires the specific intent to get the utility service for a lower cost.”


  • Janie Yao said,

    Thank you Lloyd.
    I bought the Cornet ED85EX from the website you recommended. Will that work to test smart meters? The company (lessemf) below told me that only the high frequency meter with the green antenna and the acoustimeter will measure smart meters. They told me that these are the only two meters that can measure RF from smart meters. I hope I got the right meter…

    Please advise. Thanks!

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    The Cornet ED85EX is designed to measure smart meter radiation. Lots of my readers have bought it for this purpose. If for any reason you’re not happy with your meter you can always send it back within the 60 day period.

  • Paul Von said,

    Hello Lloyd. I just reviewed my above post, and find the recommended links missing. Don’t know if this was intentional? Just thought I’d ask. Thanks, Paul.

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Paul
    I generally remove links that people insert in comments – links send people away from my website. The exception is where the links are for purely educational websites – I removed the links you inserted to commercial websites. Thanks for your understanding.

  • Paul Von said,

    10/4 on that Lloyd. I will restrict information links to strictly educational sites from here out. Once again: My compliments.

  • Hillary said,

    Hi Lloyd,

    Thank you SO much for your quick response regarding our smart meters possibly being the cause of my full-body eczema. (We took over our two-family house, but maintained it as such, so we had not one but two smart meters.) FYI, when I called Central Maine Power a few days ago and told them about my health complaints, they zipped over, a mere 12 hours later to take them down. For a utility company that is not known for its speediness I found this mighty interesting. But my other (and hopefully final) question is, there were two options: one to choose an analog meter and one to choose a digital meter. They told me that neither would emit the kind of electromagnetic radiation that a smart meter does, so I opted for the digital kind which was $20 less per month. They could not answer my question about why the analog was twice that. Why would anyone choose it then? Did I make the correct choice? Or should I have them come back, take these away and replace them with the analog and pay a higher price? (Surely worth it if it’s safer)

    Thank you so much for your incredibly important work to this cause. I am delighted I found this website and will spread your good word. You are like the Carl Sagan, Bill Nye and Ralph Nader of the electromagnetic radiation world!

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    “They told me that neither would emit the kind of electromagnetic radiation that a smart meter does” —- Unfortunately the utility companies are not a reliable source of information on the subject of EMFs. It may be that the digital meter is the right choice but the only way to be sure is to test with an RF meter….if you’ve opted for the digital meter in 6 months you’ll have saved enough money to invest in an RF meter…. this will give you a definitive answer to your question.

  • Paul Von said,

    Those who are testing for smart meter RF radiation may not know that some utilities companies use the main power lines for PLC (pulsed communications) monitoring of electrical services. These pulsed frequencies are tranfered along miles of overhead lines, and emit radiation 24/7. This is a link to an article detailing that many people are getting sick from these line exposures transfering into their homes.

  • Paul Von said,

    Hello Hillary: There is no accuracy improvement with digital meters, period. The power coming into your home is (or should be) low frequency 50-60 cycles, and these low frequencies DO NOT require any digital based monitoring. Many digital meters are faulty due to the high EM radiation environment typical in urban areas. The power companies know damn well these meters are scheduled to error on the high side of usage. The international web is loaded with complaints regarding the poor accuracy of digital metering. It’s an extortion scam, and it should be illegal.

    High quality Analog meters can be purchased for under $75.00 in many places, including eBay. I wrote of this in my above post, but links have been removed.

  • Catheryn Vatuone said,

    Hi, I am considering renting an office in a building where there are a bank of 15 smart meters on the ground (I believe on the wall), approximately 20 feet from the second floor office. Is this too many meters for me to effectively create a shield from? As well, I was informed today that a group of smart meters doesn’t emit more RF than a single one alone, as they are communicating to one another and only one send the signal. Is this a false concept? Shall I even consider working with this issue or just keep looking for a new office? This is an office that would work very well for me so I’m wondering if there is any hope in working with the situation? Your honest appraisal is most welcome. Thanks very much for your anticipated response.
    Kindly, Catheryn

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Catheryn
    This is a potentially serious problem. But these issues can always be remedied its just a question of what lengths you are prepared to go to remedy (shield) the situation. The answer to all these questions is to take some readings with an RF meter so you know what you’re dealing with and then decide on the best course of action.

  • Vicki said,

    continued (2/2)

    Hi again,

    Sorry but I forgot to ask more important questions:

    I saw the shielding material link you offered in a response to someone else’s post, and i wanted to ask you,

    if i had to shield my window directly facing my next door neighbor’s smart meter which was 10 feet away from the window, itself, then if i chose the radioscreen or other aluminum or metal mesh screen that was indicated to be good for indoor windows, then is that all I have to do? i dont’ quite understand if i need to ground it? and what exactly is grounding and if i need to do it in my specific case, since there is a distance of 10 feet from the window to the smart meter?

    Also, if i wanted to shield our side of the entire wooden fence that separates the neighbor’s smart meter from our TV room wall, with this mesh material by nailing it to the wooden fence on our side, then does THIS have to be grounded? or can i just staple mesh onto our fence to deflect the EMFs that the smart meter is spitting out? is it a fire hazard if grounding is not done in EVERY shielding circumstance?

    thanks and please also refer to my 1st post.

    :) Vicki
    San Diego, CA

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Vicki
    I answered your question here

  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom said,

    Hi Lloyd. Our electric company just informed us that they are coming to install smart meters and we need to pay $69 one time & $10 monthly to avoid it.

    I am trying to figure out the best thing to do.
    1. opt out.
    2. allow it and shield it

    I just read this – do you think that this info in Huffington Post is accurate? particularly the 1.4 seconds per day part?

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Adrienne
    The Huffington Post does publish some fair and balanced articles on EMFs but this article is absolutely not one of them. The FCC safety standards referred to in this article are hopelessly inadequate and past their sell by date….set in 1996 they don’t take into account the many studies that are showing adverse biological effects at levels thousands of times below the legal thresholds. There is very little I agree with in this article….not the ‘1.4 seconds a day’ nor very little else.

  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom said,

    That’s very helpful Lloyd. I was thinking the same thing upon reading the comments. Would you personally say it’s best to “pay up” and opt out or are the shielding options adequate. Thank you again.

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