What is a Smart Meter?

A smart meter is an advanced meter that can identify consumption of a utility product  and communicates this information to a utility for monitoring and billing.

Transmitting smart meters are being installed nationwide on gas, water, and electrical services, driven in part by funding for the Smart Grid Program approved as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Smart meters enable consumers to go online and see how their energy consumption changes as they turn off lights, turn down their heat or make other energy saving measures. They can operate with wireless microwave radiation, broadband over powerlines, or wired communications. Most smart meters deployed in the United States are wireless.

These meters are attached to a home or office just like your current electric meter.  A stand alone smart meter complies with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) safety standards, but tests have shown that multiple smart meters operating under certain circumstances exceed FCC guidelines, according to a report by Sage Associates. Smart meters operate at 900 MHz frequency, at microwave radiation levels, which adds to your exposure of radiofrequency radiation in your home.  Pacific Gas and Electric reported that smart meters in their system sent as many as 190,000 messages within 24 hours.   San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDGE) reported in response to a request from an Administrative Judge that smart meters installed by SDGE transmit messages on average 1270 times per day and at a maximum 25,920 times each day.

Source: Center for Safer Wireless.org

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