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Smart Meter Radiation Protection

Basics

What are smart meters?

Smart meters are a type of meter that can be used to measure your electric, gas or water usage.

The utility companies’ main argument for installing smart meters is that they save them money because they no longer have to employ people to go out and read your meter.

The downside is that smart meters might put your health at risk.  This is because they use wireless or another form of electromagnetic field technology to transmit your electrical consumption data.

 

Why smart meters can be dangerous

Smart meters are a part of an overall system that includes, where wireless is the means of transmission, a series of wireless antennas at the neighborhood level. The system collects and transmits wireless information from all the smart meters in your area and sends it back to the utility company. They do so by using microwaves or radio frequency radiation, just like your cell phone or wireless router at home.

A smart meter produces microwave non-ionizing radiation that penetrates the walls of your home and into your home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The utility companies argue that it’s safe because the radiation being emitted is non-ionizing.

It’s not safe. Numerous studies point to the adverse biological effects associated with the non-ionizing radiation used by smart meters.

Is smart meter radiation worse than cell phone radiation? 

Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer and expert in nuclear policy at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), has written a report that reveals smart meters emit 160 times more cumulative whole body exposure than cell phones. He states that:

“the cumulative whole body exposure from a Smart Meter at 3 feet appears to be approximately two orders of magnitude higher than that of a cell phone, rather than two orders of magnitude lower.”

The big difference between smart meter radiation and cell phone radiation is that having a cell phone or not is a matter of personal choice, if you don’t want a cell phone you don’t buy one. Smart meters, on the other hand, are being forced on populations around the globe.

If you are suffering from insomnia, dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, memory loss, lack of energy, tinnitus (ringing in ears) and lack of concentration, it could be the direct result of the smart meter that’s installed in your home.

 

A 2 minute exposure to smart meter radiation has been shown to cause changes in live blood

At a distance of 1 foot from the smart meter, with just 2 minutes exposure time, the difference in blood samples between people that have been exposed to smart meter radiation and those that haven’t been exposed is remarkable.

See this video:  Live Blood Analysis

 

Unfortunately, in many regions smart meters are not optional, and utilities are installing them even when occupants don’t want them.

 

What’s the difference between smart meters and conventional (analog) meters?

1. Typically smart meters send information back to the utility company via a wireless signal.  Instead of having a utility meter reader come to your home and manually do the monthly electric or water service reading, the reading is sent wirelessly. But it can also be sent via powerline networking which creates another form of EMF pollution as explained below.

2. Unlike the older analog meters that have a spinning dial, smart meters usually have a digital display.  We say ‘usually’ because appearances can be deceptive.  Additionally, many newer analog meters now use a much less expensive digital display.

 

Warning:  Some smart meters are disguised as analog meters 

Because of the growing public uproar, some utility companies are now modifying smart meters to look like old style analog meters.  Here is an example of an online post that mentions this:

“I wanted to tell you about my mother’s analog meter.  When you first look at it, you think it’s an analog because ……it has the old fashioned dials. But the electric co. put what’s called a “retrofit board” over the big disk, and that’s what has the transmitter. “

So you need to have a means of determining whether your utility meter is a smart meter, which we’ll soon explain, but first let’s put things into a wider context.

 

Why you shouldn’t rely upon information from your utility company

You might think you have a smart meter installed but you are not sure. The logical thing to do is to give your utility company a call, right?  Unfortunately, this is not 100% reliable because:

    •    Your utility company can’t or won’t give you the information. They might refuse to give you the information or you might get simply get an employee who knows nothing about smart meters and EMFs.

    •    Increasingly the problem seems to be one involving the use of “plausible deniability.” If you ask the utility company what kind of meter it is, they might reply “an analog”.  However, they just might not mention the fact that the analog meter has had a retrofit RF Transmission Board attached to it.  Many utilities have also told customers (if they admit you have a smart meter) that it only transmits when the guy drives by in the truck and triggers the meter to read it.  What they don’t tell you about is all the other EMF that is generated 24/7.

Moral of the story: you can’t always rely on the utility company for reliable information.

 

How to know with 100% certainty if your utility meter is a smart meter

There is one way to know with 100% certainty whether your utility meter is a smart meter:

 Take readings with a high accuracy EMF meter capable of detecting short pulses of EMF across the relevant frequency spectrums.

 

What you MUST do before attempting to install shielding

The starting point is to take readings with an EMF meter. Smart meters typically emit radio frequency radiation so you need to take readings with a type of EMF meter called a radio frequency (RF) meter.  The magnitude and potential health detriments of any RF radiation is best quantified in terms of spectrum, intensity, peak power, average power, and the pulse duration and repetition rate.

If you need to take this up with your electric utility, then it is best to document the reading with a video camcorder and/or submit a scientific report from a qualified professional.  This can provide proof of the levels of RF radiation to which you’re being exposed. This could help later in any dispute with your water, gas or power utility.

 

Some smart meters might use Powerline Networking instead of airborne transmissions

So far we’ve focused on the radio frequency radiation issue because typically smart meters send information back to the utility company via a wireless signal. But not all smart meters use wireless as a means of communication.

Some smart meters use ‘powerline networking’ or ‘broadband over power lines’ (BPL). That’s to say they use the electrical wiring to send back the data to the utility company.

Smart meters that function in this way do not emit a wireless signal but they can introduce a form of electro-pollution (known as dirty electricity) throughout your house wiring.

 

Take Action Now

The World Health Organization has listed smart meter wireless radiation as a possible carcinogen. This means that a smart meter, which is on all day and night, and all throughout the year, can increase your risk of cancer and other diseases. It’s time to get informed and take appropriate measures to protect your loved ones.

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