Smart Meters might not be as smart as you think!
We hear all the time that the electrical grid in the U.S. is obsolete and in dire need of upgrading. And in order to do this, we need to upgrade to “smart meters”. What exactly are smart meters and what will they do for us?
The present state of Technology
Currently, electrical meters (and gas meters) are analog meters, meaning that they simply measure the flow of electricity (or volume of gas) to your house. A meter reader must stand in front of the meter and record the current meter reading.
When this data is compiled by the utility to evaluate your energy consumption, the previous meter reading is subtracted from the current meter reading, resulting in the most recent record of energy usage by that individual. This may be over a 30-day timeframe, over 35 days or even over 90 days, depending on how often the meter is read.
There are times when the meter reader can’t get to the meter to read it (15 inches of snow) and there are times where the length of time between meter readings is not consistent. This is one advantage of the new digital meter. The meter sends real-time data back to the parent utility which can be on a second by second basis.
So the premise is that readings will be recorded on a consistent basis. Is this really a good thing? Do we really want a utility knowing what time we turn on our toaster or how long the hot water heater runs in the morning? Is this something we are worried about?
Responsible consumption of utilities
What about the concept that in the future, if you use too much energy over a given time period, you will incur additional charges. The concept is that tariffs could be imposed for consumption during times of peak usage and credits would be offered for non-peak usage. This would give the utilities a breakdown (minute by minute) of all electrical (and gas) usage within the home. What if you take 15 minutes to enjoy a hot shower? You may say, so what but in a world conscious of global warming, you may be charged for wasted heat.
The concept might sound a little “Orwellian” but there are other concerns. A “smart” meter might be an acceptable idea if it actually reduced costs, but numerous studies document that these meters can be wildly inaccurate.
Results of a Scientific Study
In a study published in the scientific journal IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Magazine conducted by the University of Twente and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, both in Holland, researchers found that these meters can report energy usage 582 percent above actual usage.
The report states that five of the nine meters tested gave readings much higher than the actual power consumed. Only two meters gave readings that were as much as 32 percent lower than actual power consumed. The erroneous readings occurred in spite of the fact that all the meters met legal requirements and were certified. The accuracy of smart meters was influenced by modern energy saving lighting systems such as LEDs, heaters, and dimmers.
These kinds of devices create a non-linear, fast switching, electrical loads. The researchers identified that meters with a “Rogowski coil” current sensor gave false high values when fast switching devices were used.
Microwaves and its dangers
If that were not enough to make you switch you smart meter off, you may want to consider that these meters emit non-ionizing microwaves at a rate of 10,000 to 200,000 pulses per meter a day. This is the radioactive equivalent of 160 cell phones. Repeated exposure to excessive radiation can trigger migraines and neurological conditions, as well as various types of cancer.
The World Health Organization has classified non-ionizing radiation as a Class 2B Carcinogen, the same level as lead and propylene oxide. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has called for a moratorium on smart meters until the health effects can be adequately studied.
More about these issues can be found by visiting Naturalhealth365.com – Smart Meters.
Smart meters are bad but there are more things which give of radiation which is dangerous for humans. We are surrounded by all different types of radiation, it is difficult to escape. The best thing you can do is to be informed as much as possible to then be able to make the right choices in your life. You might care to read my post on these “modern” radiation types in our daily life, Beware of the Dangers of Pollution and Radiation .
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