July 3, 2016
I recently moved into a newer apartment building. When I asked the manager if there were plans to install “Smart Meters”, he replied in the affirmative. I expressed my concerns, along with reasons. He later discussed my concerns with the electric company employee reading meters…he was told that the smart meters emit less radiation than a cell phone. Can anyone direct me to specific data to submit to the manager? I asked if he would be interested in information and he said to send it along.
The bank of meters to be changed out is below my living room….I am on the second floor, the banks on the first! Even if I opt out – which I don’t know if I can – would it be pointless if all the other meters were (not so) Smart Meters?
April 1, 2016
Hi JJ and welcome to the forum. I expect you’ve looked through this thread and on the main site for the information you need. Here are a few sites I’m aware of covering Smart Meter issues
http://electromagnetichealth.o…..radiation/ (Health effects)
In terms of specifics, not all Smart meters are equal, and they even work in different ways. Rather than ask the utility about the emissions (which they might lie about – it’s not unknown) you could ask them exactly which meter they are installing and go to the manufacturers web site. Beware if anyone tells you they only transmit once a day –
* Although they may only transmit usage data once a day the meters may send signals to each other every few minutes to make sure the connection is working, and…
* They may all transmit their data at the same time, usually midnight, resulting in a huge peak in activity when most people are trying to sleep – how ‘smart’ is that?
I expect you are aware that smart meter radiation, like phones etc, has been classified as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organisation.
You could try asking for a copy of their safety test reports (which won’t exist), and ask them to sign a statement that they take full responsibility for any consequences (I think I’ve seen a sample online somewhere). Also to confirm that they have insurance against any ill-effects (as many underwriters are refusing to insure against radiation risks). If not, find out who is accountable. It might be your manager, which he might not be too happy about, and he may not have insurance either.
Plus the risk of fire (which should interest your manager), data privacy etc.
It might help others in a similar position if you could post any useful information you find in this thread.
Best of luck.