New Electricity Authority “Settlement Agreements” are good news for NZers who don’t want smart meters

Recently, this website has reported on some new “Settlement Agreements” on the Electricity Authority website.  These “Settlement Agreements” are good news for the many people in NZ who do not want a microwave radiation producing smart meter.

These “Settlement Agreements”  are especially good news for people who live in rural Canterbury or the Invercargill area and people whose electricity meters are owned by Contact Energy.

 

NB:  If you do not know what company owns the meter at your home, your electricity retailer should be able to tell you this or you can email the Electricity Authority and they should give you this detail and should also be able to tell you when your meter’s certification expired or is due to expire.

 

The links to the posts that explain the details of the “Settlement Agreements” and their implications   are below:

 

If you live in the Invercargill area and don’t want a smart meter, here is good news

The Electricity Authority’s settlement with Alpine Energy regarding its uncertified meters and what this means for consumers in NZ

What the Electricity Authority’s settlement with Contact regarding its uncertified meters means for consumers in NZ

 

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Top tips for a smart meter free holiday

It can really ruin your holiday if you come home to find an unwanted smart meter at your home.

Smart meter installers will be at work in many parts of New Zealand over the summer holiday period. I hope that the installers will have Christmas Day and the other statutory holidays off but i do not know if this will be the case –  so if you do not take precautions against an unwanted smart meter you could find one has been installed at your home  if you come back from a week’s holiday – or even a day at the beach.

 

Here is what people in NZ who do not want a smart meter have been doing to prevent these devices from being installed at their homes:

 

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/your-options-if-your-electricity-retailer-sends-you-a-notice-to-say-it-plans-to-install-a-smart-meter/

 

Please note that www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz has received reports from New Zealanders who have had smart meters installed at their home without prior notification.  Also, even if notification is sent you may have only a few days notice – assuming the letter does not arrive while you are on holiday, if you are going away.  For this reason it is prudent to prepare in advance to ensure that your home stays smart meter free.

 

Please note that if your meter is inside your home and you may have family or friends or a housesitter at your home over the holiday period, it is important to let them know to refuse entry to anyone who says that they are going to “upgrade” or even “do maintenance” on the meter.

 

Wishing you a happy Christmas and a great start to 2016!

 

 

NB: If you would like to keep up to date with the smart meter issue in NZ, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz Thank you