Smart meters

Wireless Smart Meters

Smart meters are the new way to measure and keep track of electrical energy usage.  They are able to measure the moment-to-moment consumption of a household or business.  It is implemented as a ‘green’ solution and the idea is too make people more aware of their consumption so they can utilise this precious resource more economically.  Another ‘advantage’ of smart meters is that they can wirelessly relay consumption information directly to the power company and thereby eliminate the need for someone to physically come by and read the meter – as is the case with the older analog meter.

Smart meters communicate through a configuration known as ‘mesh networking’, where individual smart meters make up a mesh and form a network of communicating meters.  Each meter has a certain operational range and broadcasts horizontally using a lateral dipole antenna so that it focusses most of its energy in the horizontal direction in order to communicate with other smart meters.  In this way, each smart meter can relay its information along to the next meter and so on until all local meter data is collected for communicating back to the power company.  However, in this sort of configuration some smart meters may receive more transmissions than its share due to the increased traffic from the other meters since it is more economical to send information from a cluster of meters than for each one to communicate directly with the power utility.

With a smart meter mounted on the outside of one’s home, EM radiation is not only broadcast outwards into the neighbourhood but also into the home.  If one has their sleeping quarters on the other side of the wall where a smart meter is mounted, the individual can receive a very high dose of pulsed microwave radiation during sleep every night.  (Sleep is perhaps the most important time to avoid EM radiation as this is the time the body repairs itself).

Smart Meters are reported to output more than 100 times the power density of a typical cell phone output. Smart meters also operate by pulsing, where information concerning energy usage is transmitted in packets, i.e.,  in short bursts, sometimes up to thousands of times a day (and night). These are powerful pulses and if such a meter were mounted on the other side of the wall where one normally slept, it could result in serious health problems.


Many next-generation electrical meters are using wireless frequencies to transmit electrical usage information, in contrast to older analog meters, which require meter readers to check the electricity level. Unfortunately, many of these wireless meters are reportedly transmitting frequently (sometimes every few seconds) at levels up to 10 or 100 times higher than a cell phone. They have reportedly resulted in health, security, and privacy issues, as well as fire risk and rate hikes.

Wireless smart meters typically produce atypical, relatively potent and very short pulsed RF/microwaves whose biological effects have never been fully tested.  They emit these millisecond-long RF bursts on average 9,600 times a day with a maximum of 190,000 daily transmission and a peak level emission 2½ times higher than the stated safety signal as the California utility PG&E recognised before that State’s Public Utilities Commission.  Thus people in proximity to a smart meter are at risk of significantly greater aggregate exposure than with a cell phone, not to mention the cumulative levels of RF/microwaves that people living near several smart meters are exposed to.

With smart meters, the entire body is exposed to the microwaves which increases the risk of overexposure to many organs.  With a cell phone exposure is primarily on in the head and neck, and only when they use their device.  While the immediate exposure from a cell phone is of much greater intensity than the exposure from smart meters, since it used at very short range (i.e., <1 cm), cell phone use is temporary.

……the cumulative whole body exposure from a Smart Meter at 3 feet appears to be approximately two orders of magnitude higher than that of a cell phone, rather than two orders of magnitude lower.

Daniel Hirsch,

In addition to these erratic bursts of modulated microwaves coming from smart meters, they are also a major source of ‘dirty electricity’.  Some scientists (Sam Milham) believe that many of the health complaints about smart meters may also be caused by dirty electricity generated by the ‘switching’ power supply that activates all smart meters.

Smart Meter complaints include: skyrocketing utility bills, privacy invasion, vulnerability to cyber attack, interference with security systems and other wireless devices, burned out appliances, explosions, fires, health problems including headaches, tinnitus, sleep and heart problems, anxiety, nausea, and other health symptoms following installation.


The analog meter is preferable.  Advocates say that a wireless smart meter with a radio-off option while being a partial solution, will not solve the ‘dirty electricity’ resulting from the smart meter’s switching-mode power supply.  Dirty electricity problems can be alleviated by using filters which screen out the interference of high frequency voltage transients.  Other strategies to mitigate the penetration of RF/microwave radiation into the dwelling can be achieved by using screening and shielding materials.

More website info on SmartMeters:

Smart Meters – Correcting the Gross Misinformation”    (A letter written by over 30 scientists in the field correcting the misinformation about smart meter radiation and RF/microwaves in general).

The Problem with Smart Grids – an excellent article outlining the dangers of Smart Meters and the implications of Smart Grids,  by B.Blake Levitt and Chellis Glendinning.


“Nerve Disrupting Frequencies Radiating from Smart Meters” – Warren Woodward
Highlights the corruption of mains power by Smart meters


“Dark Side of ‘Smart’ Meters”


“Smart Meters & EMR: The Health Crisis Of Our Time” – Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt


“National Day of Action against Smart Meters with Jerry Flynn”