EDITORS COMMENT – Although many of these examples are in California, Smart Meters have been installed in Arizona too. I refused to have one installed and had to jump through a lot of hoops with The Salt River Project – my electricity supplier. We had to go to something called “M-Power” which requires you to go to kiosks the power company has set up and deposit cash into their machines to pay for electricity. This is NOT a monthly payment – you deposit a certain amount of cash of your choosing and when you use it up, you have to come back. You can NOT use a credit or debit card. In today’s age this is ridiculous as just about everything can be paid by credit or debit card and in more and more places this can be done on-line. But here in the area serviced by The Salt River Project, if you have elected to use “M-Power”, you must leave your home and go to their kiosks and pay cash. In contrast, if you had a smart meter installed, you can pay your bill at the end of the month on-line by debit or credit card. Does anyone see some discriminatory practices here? But for me, I will do it so as not to worry about the intrusive smart meter and the health risks that accompany it.
Adverse health effects. Trespassing and privacy issues. Increasing costs on the consumers. A loss of control. Hacking potential.
The concerns about smart meter programs, which are rolling out in cities worldwide, are increasing, potentially refuting some of their purported benefits of efficiency, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and improved energy security.
Josh del Sol remembers when smart meters were being installed a couple years ago in British Columbia. Within a day of a meter being installed at a friend’s home, del Sol said she started experiencing symptoms.
“Rashes, nausea,” del Sol told TheBlaze in a phone interview. “I thought, I’ve got to find out what is going on.”
Del Sol began researching and thought he would launch a YouTube series detailing what he would find about smart meter programs. The more he looked into the controversial technology, which records a home’s energy use and wirelesslycommunicates it to the energy provider, the more he realized he had enough content for a full-fledged documentary.