Experts say they are safe, but some worry smart meters are making them sick or are even spying on them.
Devised by utilities as a way to save energy, cut monthly bills and even reduce carbon emissions, “smart meters” that give more accurate data about a home’s electricity use are facing a backlash in communities across the country.
Some residents are now blaming the devices for health problems or fires, and say their two-way communications ability will allow utilities and the government to snoop on them.
These fears have forced some states to allow people to “opt-out” of the smart meter program, which supporters say will actually make them less effective in the long-run to yield environmental benefits.
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It seems guaranteed that two things will cause problems when it comes to innovations for the public. One: it is related to some sort of “energy field” – electromagnetic field, radio waves – things such as wifi or electrical lines caused people to freak out. We also saw devices to protect you from cell phone radiation. All these scares were shown to be not valid.
Two, foist it on the public without their consent. Examples: fluoride in the water, HAARP. They will easily find a way to demonize it. Case in point, smart meters.
Public health officials point out that smart meters emit less radiation than cell phones — and they’re not used right next your head.
The Federal Communication Commission approved the use of smart meters by utilities and said their risk was minimal. Environmental health experts say the smart meters do not pose a serious health risk.
I’m not sure how to fix this unless it hits them in the wallet. Even then, someone SOMEWHERE will complain it has made them sick or has a nefarious purpose.