It seems like technology is advancing fast. You just get a new smart phone and it is already outdated. There is always a new “smart toy” or smart babysitter “like Alexa” on the market. And for the last decade these advancements have moved to our power and gas meters. Smart is good, right? Not always.
Smart meters emit Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation; the exact same radiation microwave ovens use to cook food. In 2011 the “IARC“, part of the World Health Organization, classified RF Radiation as a possible “carcinogenic”, which means “cancer causing”. And there are hundreds of studies, some dating back to the 1960’s, that link RF Radiation to cancer. In my article entitled “The 7 Worst Radiation Dangers In Your Home” I list links to some of these studies. The US safety limit for RF Radiation is 1,000 micro-watts per meter squared. Some smart meters emit up to 60 times that, or 60,000 micro-watts per meter squared.
There are two ways that smart meters cause RF Radiation. The first is as we have described above. The device itself emits up to 60,000 micro-watts per meter squared. The second way is the smart meter causes repeated spikes and surges of higher frequencies of electricity to be running through the electrical wires in every circuit of the building. These spikes and surges are of a high enough frequency that they become airborne and radiate through the walls and into the rooms of the structure. This form of RF Radiation is referred to as electromagnetic smog or dirty electricity.
Some power companies around the United States have smart meter opt out programs. If you pay an extra fee every month, they will replace your smart meter with an analog meter that does not emit any RF Radiation. The fee is not typically very expensive. This is by far the best and safest option if you get your power from one of the power companies that will do this. If not, there is a couple of things that you can do that will eliminate both types of RF Radiation caused by your smart meter.
Smart Meter Guard
A Smart Meter Guard is a cover you can place over your smart meter made out of a conductive metal mesh screen that will block 90% to 95% of the RF Radiation that normally emits from the smart meter. It is highly effective, not very expensive and very easy to install. In the below video I demonstrate one of these for you. First I measure the radiation coming out of the smart meter so that you can see how much they emit. Then I place a Smart Meter Guard over the meter and do the test again so that you can see the reduced amount being emitted. The video is short, but very informative. It is definitely worth watching. Seeing is believing. I highly recommend watching it.
Graham-Stetzer Microsurge Meter & Filters
Graham-Stetzer Microsurge Meter is a meter that measures the dirty electricity on each circuit in your home. It is very simple to use. The Filters are plugged into circuits that read above the safety range and in most situations they reduce the “noise” or “smog” on the line back down to the safe range. In the below video I do a quick test on one of the circuits in my home, and then show you how to place a filter on that circuit. I then take another reading so you can see the reduction. Again the video is short, but very informative. It is definitely worth watching. I highly recommend it.
In case you want to pick up a Smart Meter Guard, or either of the meters I use in the above two videos, I list links to the best places to get them on the Recommended Protections page of this website.
Smart Meters Replacing Analog Across USA
Well long gone are the days of your dog barking at the meter reader as he or she makes their monthly rounds in your neighborhood. It’s just you and your dog now. Peace and quiet, until you start to smell smoke. Not just any smoke. The pungent and nauseating aroma of wires burning. And then you hear the sirens. They’re getting louder and louder and suddenly the big red fire truck is right outside your door.
The smart meter on your neighbor’s brand new custom craftsman home caught fire and now their fancy garage is glowing orange with fire. Around the country, homes and businesses are catching fire from a new wave of technology promising lower electrical bills and provide more sustainable forms of energy. They’re called ‘smart meters,’ but there’s nothing intelligent about the high-tech devices. In fact, the modern technology is linked to fires, major health issues and making our homes and power grid exceptionally vulnerable to cyber-terrorism.
Over the past couple of years, power companies have been replacing analog meters with high tech smart meters. Smart meters monitor your energy consumption and report that information back to the power company using wireless technology. Smart meters emit radiation, like cell phones and other high-tech devices.
However, you can never turn off the smart meter. They emit high levels of radiation into your home and body, 24/7. According to some researchers, smart meters expose people to the radiation equivalent of 160 cell phones. Do I have your attention now? Okay. Stay with me. Smart meters emit all that radiation when it sends information back to the power company.
It turns out, that transmission of information, also known as a cycle, is happening thousands of times a day. That’s thousands of spurts of radiation seeping into your home , your 5 year old daughters room and your body.
Effects Of Smart Meter Radiation
All that radiation is now causing major health problems for people across the country and world. Over the past couple years, power companies have installed more than 70 million smart meters across the United States. And people are feeling the effects. Smart meters have been linked to cancer, Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard Med School grad and public health expert is a leading the fight against smart meters.
“The question to ask them is ‘what is the evidence that smart meters are safe?’ And have no adverse health effect. And the answer to that is that there is no such evidence and in fact while no one has in fact done human health studies in relation to people living in homes with smart meters.
We have evidence from a whole host of other sources that radio frequency exposure that demonstrates convincingly and consistently that exposure to radio frequency exposure at elevated levels for long period of time increase the risk of cancer, increases the damage to the nervous system, causes sensitivity, has adverse reproductive affects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems. So there is no reason, no justification that smart meters have no adverse health effects,” said Dr. David Carpenter.
So, let me get this straight. A device designed to make our lives easier is actually causing us great harm? How can this be. How dangerous are smart meters again? It turns out, power customers across the country are protesting the smart meter program. There are lawsuits, public debate, hearings and outrage.
In an effort to gain momentum, people are sharing their stories online about their own changes in health after a smart meter was installed on their home. Concerned neighbors report a sudden increase in dizziness, ear pain, memory problems, heart palpitations, anxiety and sleep problems.
“Over the past two years, there has been mounting medical and scientific evidence of the grave biological dangers to humans from so-called “smart’ meters exposure,” said Dr. IIya Sandra Perlingieri, Global Research California.
RF Radiation Electro-Hypersensitivity
“What Is now termed Electro-Hypersensitivity and is recognizes in Sweden as a documented debilitating illness, can actually be called poisoning, as humans and all other living organisms are being damaged by these meters’ moment to moment RF pulsing rates,” said Dr. Perlingieri.
Smart meters emit the same type of radiation as cell phone, only more of it. So, if cell phones are a possible carcinogenic what does that mean for smart meters. You don’t have to be a genius to make the correlation.
“Tissue heating is the principal mechanism of interaction between radio frequency energy and the human body. At the frequencies used by mobile phones, most of the energy is absorbed by the skin and the other superficial tissues, resulting in negligible temperature rises in the brain or any other organs of the body,”- World Health Organization.
Remember, the level of radiation emitted from smart meters is equal to about 160 cell phones. So, if a single cell phone has the power to alter our tissue structure, just think what a smart meter is capable of. Phew. Hard to imagine such a device is attached to more than 70 million homes across the country.
A smart meter guard is designed to block radiation from entering your home an the environment. You don’t have to sacrifice our health for the benefit of big business. In many cities and states, you can opt out of the smart meter program all together.
Some power companies will charge you a fee to swap out your meter for an old school model. It’ll be worth it. Fido may be barking more at the power guy out your window. I’ll take that over radiation exposure any day of the week, wouldn’t you?
For information on the meter that you can purchase to measure the radiation in your home please see our article entitled HF-35C High Frequency Analyzer Product Review.