We have just successfully had the transmitting modem removed from our smart meter. We had our house tested by Paul Waddell [from www.safespace.net.nz – Ed] recently and he made the recommendation that we have this done.
Our provider, Mercury Energy, refused to do this and insisted that the meters were safe………….which of course we know that they’re not!
Powershop said they would do it and so did Contact Energy, and we decided on Contact. They were very helpful and we didn’t need to do anything to instigate the change over and then the removal of the modem.
A lovely contractor just came today to do the job and the charge is $125. Well worth it.
I’m happy to talk with anyone who wants advice on how to get this done. Many thanks, and keep up the great work!
Site editor’s note: A follow up note from this happy customer stated how the home felt “better” after the modem’s removal.
If you d not want to be exposed to pulses of microwave radiation from a smart meter, there are two options in NZ:
1) To get the smart meter removed
2) To get the smart meter’s modem removed/disconnected.
Many, but not all brands of the smart meters on the NZ market have modems which can be disconnected or removed. (For more information about this please see this link: http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/comparing-analogue-ferraris-meters-with-smart-meters-which-have-had-the-modem-removed/)
For general information on getting rid of an unwanted smart meter, please see this link: http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/how-to-get-rid-of-a-smart-meter/
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