You may have been offered one of these by your utility company, but should you get one or should you look a bit deeper into the heated debate that’s going on throughout the internet and beyond…..?
These so called “smart” meters are supposed to save you money because they observe exactly what energy you’re using and that’s what you have to pay for. No more estimated bills. No more over paying by hundreds of pounds until the company gets a correct meter reading….
But there seems to be a growing number of people who are concerned about what ELSE these “smart” contraptions can do. Some reckon that they’ll be able to monitor a lot more than just your energy use. Plus, as I’ve discovered when I filmed the controversial “Is Wi-fi making us ill?” story, there are some who say – like wifi and mobile phones – these machines will expose us to yet more dangerous radiation. And what’s more it will be “radiating” 24 hours. Every day. Of the year. No exception. Constant, pulsating, electrickery as Catweazle would’ve called it. Is that good for us?
Humans have always been zapped by electromagnetic energy from the sun. Then there’s the x-ray wavelengths that we’re exposed to when we visit airports and have some medical scans. Some have called x-rays “ionising” as their very high energy means they have the potential to move electrons off molecules in DNA, which is believed, can lead to mutations and even cancer.
Then there’s radio waves, microwaves and radar/sonic waves. Some sailors said that the thermal effect from radar could make them infertile for 24 hours. That wasn’t always the case when they came to their shore leave…..
And of course there’s the ongoing debate about mobile phones, cordless phone bases, wifi routers and even baby monitors.
So if you think smart meters are good, then great. Save money, get them installed. But isn’t there just a nagging voice suggesting we should listen to what those flagging up the dangers are on about?
You may be contacted by your utility company telling you that you HAVE to have the meters installed, but it’s worth looking at what one of the more vociferous campaigns against the installation of smart meters has published on THAT subject….
What the UK Government says about our rights
“do not expect suppliers to seek an entry warrant simply to fit a smart meter and it will not be an offence for householders to refuse to accept a smart meter”.
An article from The Register in February of this year (http://reg.cx/1TX7) quoted Hendry as saying the following:
“We believe that people will benefit from having smart meters, but we will not make them obligatory. If people are concerned about the electromagnetic issues, they will not be required to have one. We have been willing to give assurances to Hon Members on that account.”
And David Cameron’s Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Edward Davey MP, issued a public response to our DontSmartMeter.me campaign in which he stated the following:
“We believe smart meters will bring important benefits to consumers… However, there will not be a legal obligation on individuals to have one.”
Some of the comments we have heard from customer service reps from at least one Big Energy firm include the following:
“There’s a new law now in place forcing people to have a Smart Meter”“You will be forced to have a Smart Meter”“There is a Government mandate forcing everyone to have a Smart Meter by 2019″“There is a law coming into place in 2019 that will force you to have a Smart Meter”“Smart Meters don’t emit microwaves”“Smart Meters do emit microwaves, but less than mobile phones”
These statements are false. Don’t be surprised it they try them out on you.
– See more at: http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/a-reminder-your-rights-in-relation-to-smart-meters/#sthash.e9WwbfVk.dpuf
I hope to be doing an investigation into this whole subject soon and in the meantime please let me know what you think. Is this another great example of 21st century innovation. Or is it worth another look at what the objectors are saying?
As the GP on the Somerset/Dorset border, Dr Andrew Tressider, told me when I filmed him on the whole wifi debate….
“There’s a presumption of no harm. For a long time tobacco was safe. For a long time asbestos was safe. For a long time lead in petrol was safe. For a long time hydrogenated fats and oils were safe. I think in 5 years time we’ll think ‘Oh my God there’s a major problem we haven’t been observing.’ ”