We have covered extensively the effects of electromagnetic frequencies on the body. We’ve also provided you with several solutions that help to neutralize those effects and interviewed the man who has come up with probably what could be argued is the greatest solution to deal with 5G, EMFs and RFs that is on the market today. Included in those reports and interviews, we addressed the ideas of smart meters that are being installed, which we are told is for convenience sake of the electric company, but we have come to learn that they are used to control your power usage. Now, an investigative journalist has come out specifically telling people to say “no” when the electric company demands you switch over to a smart meter.
BN Frank writes, “Opposition to “smart” meters (electric, gas, and water) has been ongoing since utilities worldwide started deploying them over ten years ago. Problems associated with them include billing errors, cybersecurity risks, fires, explosions, harmful radiation emissions, mechanical issues, and short-life spans. They are also privacy invasive.”
In the United Kingdom, there are numerous headlines regarding the effects these devices are having on the public. In fact, it’s become so bad that one journalist has encouraged that consumers refuse to have them installed on their homes. However, the problem is not just for those in the UK.
Millions of homes will have smart meters installed in the coming years. The national rollout, which will see energy suppliers offer smart meters to all homes by the end of 2025, has proved hugely controversial.
The Government is looking to change the way the devices work to enable suppliers to charge more for electricity at peak times and less at times of low demand. Smart meters can already send half-hourly use reports, but at the moment customers must “opt in” to do this.
Ofgem is changing the rules so that this frequency of updates is the default setting. Customers who do not want to share this data will have to ask to “opt out” instead. The regulator has told the industry to implement the changes by 2025.
Smart meters could make it harder to switch gas and electricity providers
Early adopters of smart meters received a nasty shock when they later tried to switch energy provider. Some of the “first generation” smart meters fitted in households are currently incompatible with a new national communications network – which is how your usage data is transmitted to your energy provider.
Meters not connected to this system can become “dumb” when consumers switch suppliers, meaning their new smart meters are no better than the old-fashioned ones.
Customers would have to submit readings manually as before – something which can actually be more difficult with a “smart-meter-turned-dumb” than a traditional meter.
Though these issues should not affect new smart meter users, they are indicative of the problems that have plagued the rollout.
These meters are being enrolled onto a national network to fix the problem. On top of this some in-home displays, which show a customer how much energy they are using, have ceased to work once the meters have been enrolled onto the network.
Another issue is that hardware associated with the devices will need to be upgraded in central and southern England, after the Government and mobile phone providers announced plans to phase out 2G and 3G mobile networks by 2033.
You might miss out on the best energy deals
Traditionally, the best energy deals have not been available to smart meter users. Prior to the gas price crisis, only one in six deals were available for smart meter users. This is now less of an issue given the vast majority of households are on their supplier’s default tariff with prices protected by the price cap.
However, at some point energy firms will introduce smart meter tariffs that should cut household bills by varying electricity costs throughout the day.
“Time of use” tariffs drop the price of electricity when demand is low and increase the cost in times of high usage. However, currently only Octopus Energy offers this type of deal.
The policy on smart meters was first championed by former Labour leader Ed Miliband – and later by the Tories – as a way of reducing Britain’s energy use. They had been popular in Europe for this reason.
However, some argue that there is no real evidence to back up the claim that the smart meter could revolutionise our energy habits.
Data privacy concerns still weigh heavy
The chief concern of smart meter critics, besides the cost, is the potential privacy concerns that come with a household’s data being transmitted to a supplier. Energy firms are adamant that only they can see your data and that information cannot be passed on to a third party without the customer’s explicit permission.
According to Octopus Energy, not even the DCC, the network operator, can read a customer’s electricity data, as it is encrypted before it reaches them.
A Privacy Charter drawn up by the Energy UK trade body, however, states organisations that your supplier has contracts with may be given access to the information collected from your meter.
It also stated in certain circumstances the police or other organisations, including industry bodies involved in preventing and detecting theft or fraud, could be given access to your data in accordance with data protection law.
Although smart meters send meter readings to your energy supplier, they do not store your name, address or bank details.
Here’s a few videos that expound upon the dangers and swindling of smart meters.
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