Smart MeterOver the last few years so-called Smart Meters have been installed on houses, apartments, businesses – and every other structure that receives metered electric power – throughout the developed world. In 2018 in both Australia and New Zealand the installation is moving towards completion. The same applies to the U.K. and North America. Do you know if you have a smart meter? Do you know what a smart meter is doing and how it does it? Are you aware of the many critical questions and doubts associated with these devices? If it’s a ‘no’ to any of these – please read on.

Can serious dangers to human health realistically be associated with smart meters? The answer or opinion depends on where you are getting your information from. There is authoritative information that indicates ‘yes’ and authoritative information that indicates ‘no’. Clearly, the power retailers and associated bodies put out authoritative sounding info that says ‘no’. This is their business. Millions upon millions of dollars are concerned. Public Relations consultants have churned out brochures and bulletins and strategies. Here is one such example of an authoritative ‘no’ said to have been written by academics:  Notice how you feel about concerns regarding the safety of smart meters after you have read what these gentlemen have to say. Maybe you feel reassured. But experience the other side of the story: Here is an example of one of many ‘yes’ sites attempting to alert people to the health dangers of smart meters and other devices: If you have time, check out some of the links on this New Zealand site. Again – how do you relate to the issue after reading some of this? Well if you need convincing one way or the other – have a look at this summary, compiled by a team of scientists, of the findings from a large cross section of published research data over several years: Please note that the massive amount of work done by the Biointiative team has nevertheless been criticized by the ‘no’ bloc which says that the research data is flawed because it is selective and thus biased. Finally, have a read through the following … 

If you have a smart meter and want to have it replaced with a safe analogue meter (which needs to be read by a human being), then please refer to the information on this page:  Find out if there is an electricity retailer who would provide you with an analogue meter and arrange for the smart meter to be taken away. If you aren’t able to locate such a retailer then write to your current electricity retailer and tell them that, because of health concerns, you need to have your meter replaced by an analogue meter as soon as possible. You may need to write more than one letter and add a few phone calls as well. Be determined.

If you are still stuck with the smart meter then you also have the option of commencing a legal process utilising a ‘Notice of Liability’. At present the free online templates needed for this process are only available for North America, however a Notice of Liability was recently drafted and completed for New Zealand and should be available for download alongside the North American templates very soon. I understand that templates for the U.K. and Australia may also be completed or in process. The templates are appearing along with all necessary information and associated documents on the website:           There is a lot of great info on this site – especially regarding the Notice of Liability process as well as excellent videos that highlight the many issues associated with the Smart Meters. We are hoping that the New Zealand template will appear sometime in September (but it may be later – so keep checking). I will also put a notice on this site as soon as templates beyond the North American ones appear for download.

Finally – if you are lucky enough to live somewhere where smart meters have yet to be installed then make sure that: your meter box is padlocked, a polite letter to the installers is placed inside making it very clear that they are not to install any form of meter that can be referred to as a ‘smart’ meter and that any attempt to do so will become a matter of law. Normally your electricity retailer will, in any case, advise you in writing that you will be soon having your wonderful new meter installed. It is best to immediately respond to the letter declining their offer. Of course, take the two steps above as well. In my own case, I received a response from the electricity retailer by phone. We were direct but polite with each other. The caller wasn’t able to insist that the meter be installed because there is no legal requirement for such a meter in New Zealand. I’ve heard no more regarding the matter and remain with a trusty analogue meter. Unfortunately all my surrounding neighbors have gone ‘smart’. I can only assume that radio frequency microwave activity in the area is higher as a result but somewhat less in the immediate environs of my home. Let’s do what we can!