Smart meter or analog meter, which one is better?
Many people around the country are installing ‘smart’ meters in their home and offices. There has been noticeable rise in bills and various cases of health issues and safety violations are also reported. Privacy has also been not the same. So the only question that remains is do we need the wireless meters in our home and offices.
Why you have to consider a change for smart meter
- Accurate and reasonable priced utility bill
Most people who have installed ‘smart’ wireless meters have noticed a surge in their bills which in some cases range in hundreds of dollars more than the usual billed amount. The people claim that meter readings are accurate but they cannot explain the over charged amount and this has resulted in many negative publicity of these meters.
- Health issues
We all know that cell phone radiations cause brain tumors and these smart meters use the same technology. Hence we are exposing our homes to such problems. Many people have reported of headaches, tinnitus, sleeplessness, heart arrhythmia, nausea, and other symptoms after installation of smart meters.
- Civil libertiesas well as right to privacy
When you install a ‘smart’ wireless meter, the utility has access to a lot of information regarding your usage which comprises of your private data too. This data can be sold to various corporations depending on regulatory protection rules.
- Wildlife and cutting carbon emissions
As per Reuters, wireless meters do not save energy, in fact they may result in increased energy consumption. The radiation emerging from such devices are known to harm wildlife and damage environment.
- Job losses in this anemic economy
PG&E said that they retained 80% of its employees who read meters but hid the fact that several years earlier that had moved their meter readers to temporary employees so that they could hide the loss of jobs. These companies see these meter readers as a way to boost their profit by cutting employment. Loss of jobs in the current economic status is affordable.
- Fire regulations that put the safety of residents first
These smart meters have also resulted in multiple explosions, electrical fires and other hazards. Most smart meters are non UL certified which is required by electrical code for all electronic appliances within home. Lack of safety measures during manufacturing makes these meters a potential source for household fires. Unsafe installation is another reason for the risk they pose on your house.
- Decline of Democracy and informed decision-making
Moving towards the smart meters from analog meters was one of the largest technology moves in the recent past, yet no public consultation with government or taxpayers was carried out. CA Public Utilities Commission which is an elected body which looks after regulations of utility companies ignored local opposition over the years and finally produced an opt-out in 2012 that costed many customers hundreds of dollars. These utility companies continue installing the smart meters without consent and public awareness.