Most consumers suffer financial “loss” from smart meters

The excellent website http://smartgridawareness.org/ has just reported on a new study that shows that most consumers suffer a financial loss from smart meters.

This is an important post because not only does it discuss recent research but it also includes links to many other articles about how smart meters can have adverse financial impacts.

Everywhere that smart meters are introduced the electricity industry tries to convince people that having a smart meter will help them save money.  Unfortunately, consumers can end up paying for smart meters in many ways, through subsidising their installation through their electricity bill (or in some countries through their taxes), being exposed unnecessarily to the possibly carcinogenic radiation from smart meters and/or developing adverse health effects from the smart meters, such as headaches, insomnia and many other symptoms – and having in some cases, greatly increased bills. (Please see this link for an example of two people who have been adversely affected here in NZ).

To read the full story from Smart Grid Awareness please go to this link:
http://smartgridawareness.org/2016/02/16/consumers-suffer-financial-loss-with-smart-meters/

This link may also be of interest to you http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/smart-meters-time-of-use-pricing-punishes-families/

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ

Please note that while staff from some electricity companies have been telling their customers that smart meters are compulsory or are some sort of government requirement, this is NOT true. (There is more information about this issue at this link ) If you do not want a smart meter because you are concerned about the higher bills that could follow a smart meter installation, or Time of Use pricing, many people in NZ are successfully refusing to have a smart meter installed using the techniques described at this link

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EMR and Health: December newsletter now FREE to read online

Below are the topics which feature in the December issue of EMR and Health, which is well worth reading.

The newsletter may be read at this link: http://emraustralia.com.au/EMR_and_health.html

 

  • a legal seminar run by the Law Faculty of NSW University about wireless radiation, risk and liability;
  • the establishment of a new Australian Association for wireless safety;
  • WiFi precautions being introduced in US schools;
  • the latest update on Berkeley’s mobile phone labels;
  • Martin Pall’s new study on the link between EMR and symptoms;
  • dirty electricity and what to do about it;
  • EHS – the experts are saying it’s real and can be diagnosed;
  • a report on smart meter problems in Australia;
  • how an Australian mum stopped WiFi in her child’s school;
  • some tips for a safer home and holiday;
  • the latest news, research and items of interest from around the world and MORE.

 

 

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Smart meters to “rip off” consumers?

The website www.smartgridawareness.org just published a story with the headline “‘Smart’ Meters are the Great Consumer ‘Rip-off’ of Our Time”.

The story is based on an article on the UK website http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/

This website (the “financial website of the year”) reports how British utility companies are planning to charge their customers double the normal tariffs at peak times i.e cold winter evenings when people most need to use electricity. (The term “Time of Use” or TOU may be used by the industry to describe tariffs that vary according to the time of then day.)

This is a potential risk for consumers everywhere in the world where smart meters are being introduced. (For the full story please see these links:
http://smartgridawareness.org/2015/11/18/smart-meters-are-the-rip-off-of-our-time/

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-3322658/The-great-smart-meter-rip-UK-energy-giants-use-devices-DOUBLE-cost-power-need-most.html

For a NZ perspective on this issue, please see this link:
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/the-advantages-of-smart-meters/

Please note that even if the transmission capacity of a smart meter has been disabled, this may not protect consumers from having Time of Use tariffs imposed on them; please see this post for details:

Comparing analogue (Ferraris) meters with smart meters which have had the modem removed



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