These comments have been collected online from a variety of reader comments or have been sent to EMF Safety Network.
2010 Complaints from California Public Utilities Commission 2010_PGE_Smart_Meter_Complaints
Letter to the editor: Chico Enterprise-Record/ 03/06/2013 PUC no help on high energy bills
“Want the California Public Utilities Commission to help resolve problems with Pacific Gas and Electric Co.? Forget it.
My January PG&E bill was $966.27, which was almost $600 more than my normal winter bills. After zillions of calls to PG&E and filing a complaint with the PUC, I was told that if PG&E says your Smart Meter is operating properly then the “customer” is responsible for the bill. And that’s it. Neither PG&E or the PUC make any overt efforts to find out what is the problem causing the high energy bills.
I am a senior citizen whose life is substantially the same day in and day out. No wild parties, no pot garden — it’s pretty boring. Yet our taxes are going to a government agency that is doing nothing to ensure that we are not ripped off. Otherwise, shut down the PUC. As for my February bill, it is twice as high as the February 2012 bill. Will it ever end? I found some interesting info at a website called No Smart Meters. Check it out. — Barbara St. John, Oroville
Bakersfield customers outraged about skyrocketing utility bills. (This is from 2009)
“My electrical bill has doubled since they put in the smart meter, where as they said it would not make a difference. What a rip off. “ Archie H.
Smart Meter kills WIFI (Issaquah)
A huge pulse repeat every 10 seconds interrupting WIFI, blue tooth and wireless internet. Stay with your original analog meter. I’m so pissed. My recording studio clients and friends won’t use my facility.
Is there someone with an original analog meter that can legally switch me back? I don’t want their new analog alternative either. My trust in power conglomerates is irretrievably lost after this Smart Meter shit.
This pulse is endlessly transmitted to every outlet and extension cord. It’s nasty. Don’t let them take your meter.
I have a separate elect. meter for a water well. For the thirty years I have lived in my house the usage has been the same
until after the “smart meter” was installed. There was no change in the usage, but my bill more than tripled.
I was not asked permission prior to the SmartMeter device being installed in my home. I was never consulted about the program or notified in advance of installation. I am the only resident in my home and I live on a fixed income. My highest billing from Southern California Edison in the last four years has never been for more than 700 kwh. Edison installed the SmartMeter at my home about one month ago, and the billing I just received shows I have used 1,015 kwh. I have contacted SCE to complain, however they have told me it may be five days before they will address my complaint. Meanwhile, my bank account has already been charged for the bill.
I have read numerous reports of SCE customers receiving high bills immediately following the installation of a SmartMeter. I cannot afford any more erroneous billings and would like the SmartMeter removed immediately.
Against my knowledge and will, Edison installed 5 smart meters 5ft from my living area that I spend lots of time in. I was not informed of this nor was I given information about the safety ratings and safe distance for human exposure in feet. I am moving immediately as a result and this will negatively affect my elderly landlords income. This is a huge breach of safety and privacy and likely a violation of federal wire tapping laws besides being unAmerican, and my electric bill tripled!!!!! No exaggeration my electric bill tripled!!! Thanks Happy Holidays Edison. Edison stole his major work from Tesla and continues to steal your $$$. Be prepared for your bill to double or triple and who knows about if they cause cancer or not. Cigarettes didn’t officially cause cancer for 40 years so who are you going to believe? The profiteers?
Starting last November 2011 I noticed my PG&E bill increased
significantly even though its been a mild winter. I’ve made no changes
to my gas and electric usage? Recently PG&E mailed me a “Your Home
Energy Report” it states that my home is much less energy efficient
using 11% more energy than similar homes in my neighborhood? I decided
to sign into the PG&E website to monitor “my usage” as suggested on
the “Your Home Energy Report”. The website portal states that my home
is more efficient than 15% of similar homes in my neighborhood? I also
discovered that the PG&E “my usage” portal does not populate actual
hourly usage data for 48 hours which is a two day delay? That’s when I
decided to maintain a power usage diary this is very easy because I
live in the residence alone and I work 12 hours a day. I’ve maintained
the diary now for 7 days and the PG&E “my usage” data is stating that
power is being used while I’m not at home and it spikes at various
times throughout the day to 1.6 kWh? Maybe my refrigerator is turning
on causing these power spikes? Then I decided to turn off the main
electrical breaker before leaving for work. I did this for two days
leaving perishable food in iced coolers in the garage. The PG&E “my
usage” data is still reporting that my home is consuming an average of
.600 kWh of average power and is spiking to 1.6 kWh with the power to
the home completely turned off! It is obvious that the new smart meter
is not very smart or PG&E somehow has my meter mixed up with one of my
neighbors or the smart meter is reporting data that is completely
It would seem that my Smart Meter has some other capabilities that I thought were fantasy when I first read about them. My “made in China” electric heater seems to have an antenna in it that the Smart Meter can communicate with.
How do I know? My heater went off at 2 am this morning and wouldn’t turn back on until 10 am. The apartment went down to 39 degrees. Then my electric blanket went off and wouldn’t turn back on until 10 am. They are the ONLY two items that shut off.
And to top it off, I do believe the utility has discovered a “hack” for Kill-A-Watt meters…With nothing running but the 130 watt-hour fridge last night, the Kill-A-Watt meter said I used 7 KWH with a 130 watt-hour fridge over 12hours. Even if the fridge was on high and ran the entire 12 hours, it can only use 1.560 KWH.
This Smart Grid and Smart Meters have got to go.
As you may have noticed I have coined the term S&Ms for Smart Meters , because the (S)adistic electric companies are installing these monsters and it could only be (M)asochists who would want to Opt-In to have them installed. So, please use the S&M acronym freely when mentioning Smart Meters and share this email with others especially activists and groups.
These are the Associated Problems I have experienced so far with the S&Ms that were installed on my home without my Opt-In permission or knowledge.
- Multiple CFL’s Blown out
- 1 filament on 3 way incandescent bulb blown
- Answering machine lost message
- Neighbors meter within 15 ft of my head
- Difficulty getting and staying asleep
- Head ache in the morning.
- Difficulty thinking precicely.
- Am installing Solar PV electric system, meters not compatible.
Hope This Helps. These S&Ms have got to go! D.W.
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Article comment by: conrad bruggmann
I love my smart meter.
We had a bee colony close to my meter. When the APS guys came to put in the smart meter, I warned them of it. One told me, “Don’t worry, this will get rid of them.”
After a few days, they abandoned and never returned.
So, I am a giant smart meter fan, since it got rid of possible killer bees. My bills are a little higher than comparable periods in the past, but I am willing to pay that price to stop worrying about the bees.
Diane Nagby commented on the article (SDG&E: Few Have Health Complaints About Smart Meters): “It is clear there was no concern for the health or well-being of the general public prior to rolling out the smart meter. Auto companies are required to do recalls on automobiles when it is determined there is the slightest defect that may be a safety issue to consumers. Why are the utility companies not being held to the same standard of care as the auto industry? At least with an automobile we have the choice to pick and choose which model of car we want to drive. If we had the choice, would we choose an auto with a cancer-causing smart meter radiation device attached to it that radiates our children while we are driving them to school? I doubt it. Even if only 1 out of 10 are able to feel the harmful effects, isn’t that enough to stand up and say the utility companies should not be able to put our health and well-being in jeapordy? My mailman told me yesterday he has trouble sleeping since the installation of his smart meter. There are m!ore people affected by the radiation producing meter than you think. Even if you are not sensitive to the effects, you are still in the line of radiation. Just like cigarette smoke bothers some people and not others, but we are all exposed to the same carcinogenic effects just the same. Given the ridiculously high amount of our utility bills each month, don’t you think the utility companies can afford to correct the situation – - or does to much of our hard earned money go in to paying off the politicians to look the other way?”
” Wow. I just had a hugely unpleasant encounter with a couple of guys from PG&E who wanted to install a smart meter at my house.
Our family lives just north of the Ukiah city line. These guys showed up at 4 PM, when nobody is home…usually, but today was an exception.
First, I want to be clear that I have not formed an opinion about smart meters. Part of me suspects that the “tinfoil hat crowd” here in Mendocino County — known for its tinfoil hat crowd and other local colorful radicals — has overstated the dangers of smart meters. Don’t get me wrong. I love our old hippies. They our the county’s historical memory and conscience in many ways. In the past, they’ve led the movements to save our redwoods, our headwaters, our coasts, our rivers and streams, our open spaces, our family farms, our salmon, our spotted owls, etc. However, I have wondered does saying no to smart meters fall into the same category as saving endangered places, plants, and animals?
That’s one part. Another part of me also believes that our environment is already saturated with microwaves, radio waves, etc., and we don’t know the cumulative effect of so much background radiation on our health. Medical researchers simply haven’t adequately studied the problem. It would not surprise me in the least, if, 50 years from now, we had an epidemic of brain cancer.
Let’s face it: Smart meters are transmitters, plain and simple. Smart meters are 1-watt transmitters that transmit energy data over wireless networks. At public hearings conducted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), witnesses have testified about serious symptoms, including ringing in the ears, nausea, and fatigue, after smart meters were installed at their homes. Doctors and a UCSF researcher have also testified at CPUC hearings about smart meters and their effect on “electrically-sensitive” people. One witness estimated there are 120,000 electrically-sensitive people living in California alone.
So, call me undecided. That said, the two guys from PG&E sort of snuck up on my property. They parked their truck at the end of my driveway, instead of parking near the front door. They didn’t ring my doorbell. They didn’t knock. I did not even know they were on the property, until my dogs started barking.
When I confronted them, I asked who they were. They said they were from PG&E and were installing a smart meter. In fact, in the minute it took me to react to their presence, they had already started installing it. The smart reader device was already out of its box.
I told them to stop. I told them that the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors had voted to declare a moratorium on installing smart meters. They said the moratorium didn’t matter, and that, “Everyone would end up getting a smart meter whether they wanted one or not.”
I told them to immediately leave my property. They reiterated, “Everyone will get a smart meter whether they want one or not.” When I then told these two guys, who, incidentally were dressed in matching light brown uniforms, that my answer was still no, at least for the present time, they told me that our family would be “put on a list.”
I asked what list? They said, “You know what list…the list of people who are causing us trouble.”
With that statement, I informed these two knuckleheads that I was calling 911 in exactly one minute, and for good measure I was getting my baseball bat. I told them to scram. They put the smart meter device back in its box. They threw a pamphlet on my doorstep, and they made haste for their truck.
The pamphlet is entitled: “See Your Power. Say Hello To Your New Smartmeter”.
I’m informing Carre Brown, who represents me here in the 2nd District, of this incident. Apparently, the BOS moratorium doesn’t mean a damn thing to PG&E.
Bottom line: Had I not been home, I would have had a smart meter installed. Talk about disrespecting authority! I thought that was the province of the tinfoil hat crowd, not PG&E. I may just get myself a tinfoil hat of my own.
Weird Crazy dreams- This Florida man investigates what’s on the wall behind his bedroom.
We have been having problems with inconsistent billing of our electricity from PGE. Really high one month, then non-existent the next month. In addition, the electricity had been going off at night for 1/2 of our house. PG&E came and reinstalled a SmartMeter. However, we still had been having the electricity go off. We paid for a licensed electrician to come out and take a look. He said the Smart Meter was improperly installed and had to reinstall it so it worked correctly. He said it was overheating causing the electricity to go off. Good thing it did not start a fire! Aside from the bad billing which I’m not even sure if it was correct, we had to pay a electrician to fix PG&Es improper installation. I’m not happy that we were literally “in the dark” about their poor service.
Ever since PGE installed their junk SmartMeter, my satellite TV paused every few seconds, outdoor motion sensor light goes on all the time and my baby monitor gives loud static pop every few seconds.
Utility Comment: Placed the blame on my equipment, suggesting that I buy new ones. All my equipment worked fine, until the smart junk was installed. Unnecessarily spending hundreds of dollars on new equipment is much different than seeing your bill significantly increased.
Request of CPUC: If SmartMeters are so smart, then they should send data once an hour or day instead of every few seconds. This way, if they interfere with other equipment, its not every few seconds.
Upon installation of the smart meter, a power surge occurred and burned up my fridge & electric car which was plugged in inside my garage being charged. I called SDG&E, who denied ANY rsponsibility & was told to call VSI, the sub-contractor who installed the meter. Filed a compolaint for damages with them; they had the complaint a month, then SDG&E got involved! Claims Adj.haas admitted cupability & doesn’t know what he’ss doing; I lost 38 lbs. since I had no refrigeration for food, I’m Diabetic & only after I called PUC, who contacted Exec. Offices of SDG&E did they issue a check for my fridge only. However, check contains a clause if I endorse it, cash it, my claim for damages is closed! So I’m still without a refrigerator. They’re still on square ONE for damages to my electric car and want me to pay ALL costs for repairs, then they will reimburse me! (Yeah, right!) What?!! I refused as I am a widow living below the poverty line and do not have $3,000+ for new batteries and a new computer for my car. Claims Adjuster is dense and doesn’t know beans; meanwhile, i sit here without my car and I’m inconvenienced while they diddle. Claim was filed 11/30/10 and there has been no progress no check or an offer of settlement as they’re still in square one! How can this multi-billion dollar business operate in such fashion as to abuse their customers and hold them over the barrel for property they damaged, and refuse to pay up? I’m at my wits end and fed up! How ’bout I withhold for months payment of my monthly bill, SDG&E? I’m sure you wouldn’t wait until I got ready to pay it, would you!!! P.S. – The PUC is nothing more than a farce, a worhless co. which does NOTHING for the customer but one who schmoozes with SDG&E. Enough already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“I have just spent $2000 in filters to reduce the level of Electromagnetic radiation in my home from these damn smart meters. The Energy Minister is focusing on safe installations. What about long term health effects?? Every person with a smart meter in their home is continuously exposed to harmful wifi. I am sensitive to wireless frequencies as well as electricity after having gone ‘wireless’ 2 years ago. My life and my family’s life has been turned upside down! We no longer have wireless equipment in our home. However, there seems to be no fix to the damage that has been caused to my body from the exposure. I can’t go anywhere without literally being ‘burned’ by these smart meters. PLEASE STOP THE ROLLOUT! For my sake and the lives of every Australian.
After reading an article about the Smart Meters I looked into whether they were coming to our town and sure enough they were. I called FP&L to let them know I do not want this on my house as I am a brain tumor patient and after researching these I come to understand they are a potential health hazard. Well, we got the run around at first, they sent the ‘fact sheet’ regarding RF safety standards and the organizations they use to back up these claims. FCC (who goes to the FCC for their health concerns?), California Council on Science & Technology (which was found to have conflicts of interest who funded & approved SM programs, ignoring invited data), Electric Power Research Institute (couldn’t find anything on them), nor Maine Center for Disease Control. I did find President’s Task Force on Cancer found exposure to power frequency EMF causes or contributes to cancer. Physician’s are increasinly diagnosis brain cancers from exposure to RF frequency radiation.
I have a letter from FP&L stating we will not be getting a SM installed ‘for the time being’ but the girl stated we will have no choice as they are going in all over America and we do not have any choice! For now I/we are on an opt-out for a few years at least, but as I’m reading I don’t thing this is going to much matter as I do get out and walk my neighborhood with my dog twice a day and walk to my grocery store, I like to get out in my garden too!
If our representatives in office are truly the ones that run FP&L and these power companies and we are really at their mercy, then I as an American, hold them accountable for the DNA damage to newborns, EMF sensitive people and their problems, epilepsy’s that will be on the rise along with increase in brain cancers.
Their silence is consent!
Regarding the question – any issues with appliances after the Smart Meter install. Within a few days of installation I had the following occur:
Air Conditioning compressor unit failed – = $3500
Laptop computer started running warm and then failed = $1800 new workstation
TV failed – replaced with new energy star thin plasma – = replaced for $2500
Bose surround system failed – replaced for $399 under Bose customer service plan.
Circuit card failed on heater / blower system stopped – = $500
I have checked around the city of Brentwood CA and know of 9 other air conditioning units that failed within days of the install of Smart Meters.
After our house in Half Moon Bay got SmartMeters, we could no longer listen to AM radio.
The signals are swamped by loud rasping pulses of noise. I located the source of the strongest RFI (Radio Frequency Interference): the circuit breaker panel, where all the house wiring is concentrated. SmartMeters must use the wiring as a transmitting antenna.
I contacted PG&E on its website. No response. So, I sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission: no response.
Our local station on AM 1710 is hooked up to emergency services and first responders to provide emergency warnings and instructions to residents here on the coast. That function is obviously being severely compromised now.
As a retired electronics engineer, I have to say PG&E either did inadequate product testing before rolling out its new product or it just can’t see the bigger picture. At some point in the future, the energy-saving benefits of SmartMeters may — or may not — be realized. However, in the meantime, we are all suffering from the operation of the law of unintended consequences.
I live in Walnut Creek
My 11/9/09 bill: $168.03,
my 12/9/09 bill: $366.20,
my 1/11/10 bill: $1010.09,
my 2/10/10 bill: $1053.23.
My smart meter was installed sometime in Dec. 09.
PG&E says its my fault. I am seeing others have had the same problem. Just wanted to weigh in on this issue. I am wanting to sue. Price gouging. This is WRONG.
As a newspaper editor in little ole Cleburne County, Alabama we come out tomorrow with a story on a house which may have burned down because of a smart meter, another incident of a meter apparently getting so hot it almost burned along with circuit panel inside the home and people being told either by installer or power co that if they did not replace all the wiring in their home that the meter would indeed cause a fire!!!! I am told by a commercial builder that some meters may be faulty and allow 300-440 volts in on a home’s 220 and 110 lines. We’re seeing problems out here of burn outs in appliances, meltdowns of hair dryers, kitchen appliance , and a number of high-end electronics getting zapped. Goodbye Bose radio, goodbye wide, wide screen tv and see if the utility cos are going to pay for those items – don’t think so!
My grandparents started having problems with their (computerized) ceiling fans, and suspected that it had to do with their new smart meter. They would go haywire, turning on and off, reversing, and even turning on their lights. I suggested that they keep track of when it happened, and see if it was at the same time of day. Sure enough, at six o’clock every evening (occasionally at three in the morning, and other times of the day) they would beep and turn on and off. When theyc alled PG&E and asked, sure enough those were the times that the meters reported back to the home office. Someone came out shortly afterwards and replaced the meters, but not before the computer chips in the fans fried. They said new chips were around $700 (I didn’t ask if that was for the whole house, or each of the four fans they have). They were too nice to report that to PG&E, let alone try to file a complaint to get paid back for the damage caused by the meters.
well my smart meter has caused my central system to completly shut down. no air or heat. and it is a brand new system. only 4 years old. theres is no electricity in the central air and heating unit . yes i tried the electrical box. could it be the plug? has anyone heard of this?
I have lived in my home for over 25 years. I have a propane stove, heater and water heater. I have never EVER had a bill over $250 and that is with a jacuzzi on during winter months! Since the new “smart meter” has been installed my bills have been almost $600 a month! I cannot afford to keep doing this! I do not even use the heater and my grandbabies are COLD! This is ridiculous! Someone please tell me what I can do???!!!
We just had a smart meter put in.
I have a 4 year old $2,000.00 Toshiba HDTV that was working just fine. KRCB is ~22-1~22-2 and 22-3
Now with channel 22-1 on and coming in fine my TV freezes, turns off, and turns on and and will cycle this way for ever while on 22-1
22-2 works well~22-3 and any of the other digital channels will do the same, the other non hyphen channels available come in.
22-1~22-2~22-3 are all KRCB the tv picks up all the non-channels and I use a rabbits ears.
I am thinking you should have available from your own staff for us the frequency of the RF waves from the meters that are provided by PG&E so that we can compare to the frequency’s of our remote controls
This is new, it just happened after the meter went in
Well, my SmartMeter experience has gotten off to a very rocky start, right on the installation day. My meter is not behind a fence (i.e. there’s open access to it from the street). Apparently, PG&E took this as an invitation to install the SmartMeter while I was not home and without any notice. I had left my dishwasher on delayed run mode and came back to it having been halted mid-cycle thanks to this little upgrade. More seriously, I have a dozen fish tanks on GFCI outlets and the upgrade tripped 50% of the outlets, leaving those fish tanks without filtration and heaters (granted they don’t need heaters today) for several hours until I got home to manually reset the GFCI outlets. I’m just glad I got off work early today, because had I got home at my normal time, I’d have come home to sick or dead fish. These are not cheap fish either, nor ones I could replace locally, and they don’t take kindly to being unfiltered.
… when PG&E shows up to install your new “smart meter,” they will have to remove your old meter first… This will result in your power being shut off for however long it takes the contractor, that really doesn’t know what he’s doing, to put the new meter on… I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like it when people show up and surreptitiously shut off services that I ALWAYS pay for ON TIME… It’ll be great when we all get home and our Tivo’s and WIFI routers aren’t working anymore and, if you have birds like me, your pets have thrashed themselves and your house to pieces… And I’m not a crazy tin-foil hat person, but they showed up a month ago and installed one of their smart-meter repeaters on the telephone pole next to my house and now none of our cell phones work in our house and these are brand new phones that worked perfectly before they put the new repeater in.
Mine hasn’t blown up or caught fire, but after PG&E replacing 3 meters since the original installation they now say they need to replace it again. None of the ones they have put on my home have ever worked, they are not even registering at the central grid. I have been getting estimated bills or no bills at all ever since the first meter went in and they haven’t even been aware of the problem until I call them to ask where my bills are. Lord knows how much they are going to claim I owe them if they ever get this problem fixed.
“Earlier today our local utility sent around a person to install a new ”Smartmeter”. Luckily a local ham gave me a heads up about the RFI generated by these things so I was prepared. By using a battery operated shortwave receiver (tuned to 7.2 MHz) I showed the installer what the background noise level was with the old (mechanical) meter. Once the Smartmeter was installed, the noise level (seems like digital hash) was *easily* 10 dB higher. I had him remove the Smartmeter and re-install the old mechanical meter. The utility that supplies us with gas and electricity is PG&E and they are installing these things throughout California now.
All hams that use the low bands should be aware of this issue. The last thing we need is another broadband noise source.”
While we haven’t had any fluctuations in our power bills since we had our “smart meter” installed we have been experiencing problems with our ceiling fans. We have Casablanca Intelli-touch fans in six rooms in our home; these fans have a computer board that receives signal from the wall switch via an electric impulse. These impulses turn the fans on, adjust the fan speed, turn on the light and reverse the blades. Until the “smart meter” was installed we had absolutely no problems with these devices – they worked flawlessly. Immediately after the “smart meter” was installed we started noticing that when the fans were on they were prone to bizarre behavior which includes change in fan speed, reversal of fan direction, operation of the lights and/or fan or both if only the power switch was on. We also began to notice that these problems, while somewhat intermittent, would almost always occur at the same time in the evening. We called PG & E and reported the issue and a service rep was sent out to our home. He looked at the meter and reportedly tightened a few wires and then proceeded to tell my wife that we probably had a short in our electrical system that was to blame for the odd performance of the fans (HUH?). Never mind that each of the fans in separate rooms are on different breakers! When my wife told me what the rep said and then told me I needed to check each of the house plug-ins for a short I said that wouldn’t be necessary since the PG&E rep didn’t know squat about what he was talking about. We got a survey in the mail which was dutifully filled out and returned only to explain the problem was not resolved. Another call was made to PG&E and about a week later another – smarter – rep responded to our situation. He called us first and patiently listened to my bizarre tale of fan woe. He asked if I would like an old style meter to see if the problem would persist or a new “smart meter” to see if the first one was flawed. Admittedly, he said we’d eventually have to have a “smart meter” anyway so we opted to have a new “smart meter” installed. And guess what – nothing has changed except the fans now go crazy at 12:45 A.M. instead of 6:20 P.M.I can hardly wait until summer when either we are awakened every night at a quarter of one or we try to sleep sans our ceiling fan. I’ll give credit to the second PG&E rep tho, he called us a couple of days after the new “smart meter” was installed to see if the problem was still on-going; good customer service, while appreciated, is no substitute for a ceiling fan during a Bakersfield summer. The computer boards on these fans are expensive and I don’t want to have to replace them. More importantly we want to use the appliances that we so handsomely pay electricity for, in the manner and at the time of our choosing – NOT ACCORDING TO PG&E’s SCHEDULE BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT GET IT OR WILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT!
If anyone thinks that these so-called “Smart Meters” are for anything other than increasing profits is a fool. The meter currently on the house is working just fine. The investment was made and recouped long ago. The electric company is not going to spend hundreds of dollars per living unit (house, apartment, condo or otherwise) to buy and install these meters so you and I can pay less money.
They can sit back and continue to collect on what’s out there right now or they can put in new meters and charge more money under the cloak of “it’s green” or “it’ll only charge you for what you use”.
Electric, water and sewer should be required to be non-profit. These are the most basic of utilities.
The Not-So-Smart Meter was installed on my house in October 2007 since the installation my bills have been three times more expensive than before. I have call PG&E each month after receiving my bill. At first I was shocked and thought that there must have been a mistake, of course PG&E says that the meter is accurate, they gave me some suggestions to save more energy which I went over and beyond to change. I bought new applicances, turned the water heater down much lower than what they recommend, the ac/heater is set at 64 degrees so we pretty much freeze our tushs off in the winter and burn up in the summer! PG&E actually told me not to turn on lights and begin using electrictiy when I come home from work. I have been living by candle light in order to save on my bill. A month goes by and I get another bill and it is only a few cents less than the previous months bill. I called once again and requested that someone come out to my house to make sure that there is not a problem and PG&E told me that they only thing they would do is check my stove, ac/heater and water heater and since they are all gas then I need to call the gas company. I explained that I don’t have a problem with my gas bill and that it’s the electricity bill that I have a problem with. For the last four months my PG& E bill has been roughly the same amount each month, and I have been using the same amount of electricity as I was using last year but my bill is three times as high. I also have several co-workers who are experiencing the same problem. I feel sorry for the elderly who are on a fixed income. How are they going to pay for their bill. I feel that I am working to pay for my bill and I’m not home for most hours in the day! I believe that there is a problem with the new meters and that PG&E definitely needs to look into the problem.
I’ve noticed that my computer speakers make odd buzzing noises at different times of the day, and I suspect that my smart meter has something to do with it.
I’m surprised nobody has yet mentioned the safety risk from these new wireless smartmeter devices.
They communicate as an always-on, two-way wireless device operating in the microwave band. This energy exposure is now a known carcinogen, and since these smartmeters will be transmitting their radiation 24 hours a day, you wil constantly be exposed to it from your own smartmeter and all of those other smartmeters around you.
PGE had to very drastically speed up its planned deployment schedule of these “smartmeters”, ever since the World Health Organization’s recent report on this type of radiation exposure (including that from cell phones and cell-phone towers) which revealed these wireless transmitting devices to be a very significant long-term health risk, and since communities were starting to realize this and organize against the deployment of these smartmeter devices. The growing evidence of this wireless radiation as a carcinogen, and high association with significant increases in occurances of a wide variety of major diseases and human health disorders, is now presenting a huge threat to the wireless industry’s profitability.
What’s worse, all of this new “smartmeter” wireless radiation exposure to us could have been easily avoided by PGE, if they had simply chosen to use the relatively new and very reliable powerline-networking protocol, which would use the exising powerlines to transmit network data in a hard-wired fashion (rather than choosing instead to use the microwave-based wireless radiation networking protocol in these smartmeters).
There will surely be a very serious long-term health impact on every community that receives these smartmeter devices, and apparently you will not be allowed the option to opt-out either. Children and pregnant women may be most short-term vulnerable to these new risks, as well as those with reduced immune system function – but all of us will be negatively health effected, with progressively worse effects and exponentially increasing illness occurrance over time.
The real problem is that the smart electric meters are a defacto rate increase, sometimes a couple of hundred dollars a month. People who use power during the day, like mothers, retired folks, the bedridden, all are going to be forced to pay a surcharge for peak power. This is a hidden rate increase not specifically addressed by the PUC. It is not completely offset by equally decreased off hour rates, thus a de facto rate increase. It is an exorbitant rate, unaffordable for those who need power during the day.
What really bothers me about the new meters is their software – it was written by programmers who weren’t thinking about viruses and malware. There has been some chatter in the technical press about worms and viruses being written that infect the smart meters and propagate themselves from meter to meter, and then can shut off your power when they get the secret signal from a server somewhere in China or Eastern Europe… Could cause a lot of social disruption during a crisis?
We just had our meter changed to this ” smart ” meter. It blinks a very visible light. If you are inside with the lights and porch light off, you can see the light from its blinking I can see it from 100 feet away. My radio reception buzz’s periodically with a sound like Morse code on steroids and it does it on two different stereo systems at the same time that its happening with one of the systems not even on radio reception. I just went out to see how much it blinks and it blinks 3 times a second.
I have a similar problem. Smart meter was installed yesterday. When I came home, a GFI breaker was tripped.
This is the first time this breaker (or any breakers) have tripped in over 2 years of living at my house. The box and all the breakers were installed new and permitted just over 2 years ago.
No appliances are on this breaker, just lights, outlets, and a bathroom fan. Regardless, the breaker is tripping randomly (even in the middle of the night) with no lights, nothing plugged in, or anything on whatsoever. This is after I had the power company come out late at night to replace the meter, and listen to them over and over insist that the meter has nothing to do with the problem. I understand that in theory an upstream source (the meter) should not affect the breaker, but nevertheless this does not explain the extremely improbable “coincidence”.