According to PG&E over 16,000 people have signed up to opt out of Smart Meters. Thousands more have posted signs, built cages or locked up their analog meters. Then there are thousands of people stuck with a Smart Meter who want it removed, and neither the utilities nor the utility regulators will help them. In some situations customers have had to make extreme, but empowering choices because they have been abandoned by the system.
After two months of heart attack symptoms and trips to the hospital, a utility customer took matters into his own hands. He bought an analog meter from a supply store, hired an electrician and replaced the Smart Meter with the analog. After all, neither PG&E nor the CPUC was listening, and this was a matter of life or death.
Another woman could no longer live in her home after a Smart Meter was installed. She experienced headaches, sleep and neurological problems. Unlike others, in similar situations who were forced to moved, she also purchased an analog, hired an electrician, and replaced the Smart Meter with the analog. She writes, ” I bought the “AC Killowatt-Hour Meter” from Real Goods (707) 472-2407. My electrician was hesitant, so I used a former Wellington employee who once installed Smart Meters. Then I locked up my new analog meter as shown on the picture. The chain goes around the meter, and around the pipe above and below the meter.”
Update October 9, 2011.
Earlier I wrote “Tampering with a utility meter is a crime , but isn’t it also criminal that serious Smart Meter health complaints are continuing to be ignored and people are suffering from these meters which are not only a health threat, but for some a daily nightmare.”
My mistake. Tampering is a crime, but we needed to define tampering. The EMF Safety Network has retained a lawyer and learned more about tampering laws. Please see Tampering defined.
In addition Christoper Myers, PG&E representative has asked us to include safety information about swapping meters, including that PG&E personnel are trained, and follow specific safety procedures when removing meters. They wear hard hats, goggles and fire retardant clothing. If you have any questions about the safety of meter removal PG&E asks you to contact them directly at 1-800-743-5000.