[ RadSafe ] Smart meters

Ted de Castro tdc at xrayted.com
Thu Jun 2 18:28:32 CDT 2011

We've had the Smart Meters here in the SF bay area for a year or so - 
and for me the kWhr per month has gone up - so I don't know whether the 
new or the old measured kWhr more accurately - but they DO measure 

We have also been given the choice ----- for now ---- of the current 
rate structure or the time sensitive one.  The lower times on the time 
sensitive rate schedule are a little lower - BUT the higher times are 
MUCH higher - AND to actually lower your bill you have to radically 
change your life schedule and "live" at odd times ---- unless of course 
you are a shift worker and then it may work out.  Really working at it 
you MAY achieve a 10% decrease - maybe.

Oh yeah - and either way - there is an added charge on the bill to pay 
for the smart meters.  We DO have the option of NOT having them - but of 
course at a higher rate.

So - you may have noticed by now a common thread - HIGHER RATE.

Smart Meters are most decidedly not a good thing for most rate payers.

On 6/2/2011 4:17 PM, Maury wrote:
> Dog asked me to reassure everyone to not sweat the little gadgets 
> bearing alarms ... <g>
> Best,
> Maury
> ============================
> On 6/2/2011 5:52 PM, Emer, Dudley (CONTR) wrote:
>> That's what I've been hearing from others. I'm still waiting for ours 
>> to be installed.
>> I'll start worrying about RF burns now.
>> Dudley Emer
>> Geophysicist
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
>> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Smart meters
>> My power bill is based on what time-of-day I use it, and the bills 
>> are significantly (at least 25%) lower.  There was a startup cost, to 
>> install a 2nd meter, but well worth it.
>> Brent Rogers
>> Sydney Australia
>> ------------------------------------
>> Sent from my iPad
>> On 03/06/2011, at 5:51, "Emer, Dudley (CONTR)"<EMERDF at nv.doe.gov>  
>> wrote:
>>> http://www.sdge.com/documents/smartmeter/EPRI_1022270.pdf
>>> The real problem for the user won't be cancer from the RF but a 
>>> heart attack from the power bill when utilities start charging you 
>>> on a tiered hourly basis rather than a fixed-price monthly integral.
>>> Dudley Emer
>>> Geophysicist
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 12:33 PM
>>> To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
>>> Subject: [ RadSafe ] Smart meters
>>> I hope that someone on the list who is more knowledgeable than I 
>>> about the new wireless electric metering technology can provide a 
>>> comment about the claims of harm made on the website:
>>> http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/
>>> This method of providing electric use date is replacing the 
>>> traditional monthly personal visit by a meter reading person, 
>>> obviously a significant cost saver for a utility.
>>> Robert Barish, PhD CHP
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