This is a bit off-track but may be of interest / concern to people. Stop ‘Smart’ Meters campaigners were leafleting in Poole High Street today. Below are some extracts of the leaflet which can be viewed / downloaded in full here
Some time soon, your utility providers(s) will request access to your home to install one or more ‘Smart’ Meters that will measure (and in future control) your use of gas, electricity and water. The promise is a greener environment and cost savings – the reality is the opposite. Large numbers of people have reported debilitating health effects, privacy violations, safety and security dangers, environmental damage and much higher bills.
WHAT IS A ‘SMART’ METER?
‘Smart’ Meters monitor, measure and communicate customers’ private electricity, gas and water usage data to utility providers. They operate in a wireless ‘mesh’ network with your neighbours’ ‘Smart’ Meters and transmit intense bursts of non-ionising, microwave radiation, 24 hrs/day. This radiation (also known as RF EMF) is the same kind emitted by mobile phone masts. More than 5,000 studies show RF EMF radiation is harmful to humans, plants and animals.
Actual symptoms reported from exposure to ‘Smart’ Meters include:
European surveys have shown at least 1 in 20 people are moderately or severely sensitive to RF EMF radiation, experiencing one or more of the symptoms above. The number of sufferers is rising rapidly.
European surveys have shown at least 1 in 20 people are moderately or severely sensitive to RF EMF radiation, experiencing one or more of the symptoms above. The number of sufferers is rising rapidly
Human, animal and cell culture studies indicate long-term systemic health effects from radiation, including hormone disruption, DNA damage, leakage of bloodbrain-barrier, sperm count reduction & damage, sleep disorders, learning difficulties, attention deficit & hyperactivity disorders, dementia and cancer including leukaemia and brain glioma (tumours). There is concern that pregnant women & children are particularly vulnerable.
Wireless transmissions of personal data, with information about the devices you use, when you use them and what you are doing with them at any given moment, will be available to energy companies and any potential hackers. Wireless is easy to hack.
In the US, this data has been sold by energy companies to 3rd parties, e.g. police, corporate marketing depts and insurance companies. ‘Smart’ Meters are pieces of invasive surveillance equipment within your home. You might have nothing to hide… But you stand to lose your rights to privacy and self-determination in your own home, forever.
A recent study in Canada found 80% of ‘Smart’ homes faced higher bills, often over 50% higher. Similar patterns have been seen in the US. The UK Government has said ‘Smart’ Meters will cost tax payers £11 billion for estimated savings of just £25 per home/year – and that saving only possible if customers change their behaviour and have two ‘Smart’ Meters!
‘Smart’ Meters will also make it far easier to disconnect customers remotely – a particular concern in light of the hacking threats, especially to Water Meters.
Scientists are refuting claims ‘Smart’ Meters are green. In reality, they harm nature and our environment.
Hundreds of studies have identified significant impacts of sustained RF microwave radiation on our natural environment, including: stress reactions and genetic problems in plants, trees, animals and insects, problems in migratory animals like birds and bees, birth defects in calves and fertility problems in herds. Source: Council of Europe Report – May 2011.
Tree deaths, plant die-offs and bee colony collapse disorder cases have also been reported shortly after Smart Meter installation.