The smart meter, which was created to streamline the efficiency of your local power company may actually we robbing you, according to a recent report. In the report, a study is cited that provides proof of false readings, which lead to overbilling.
The study, which was conducted at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands investigated smart meters to determine if they could provide an incorrect reading. Unfortunately, what they found was astonishing. Out of nine meters, five provided a reading that was exponentially higher than the actual energy usage of the home.
Furthermore, two of the meters gave readings that were 30 percent lower. Out of all meters tested, quite a few gave a reading that was 582% higher than the actual energy consumption of the household.
According to the paper,
“Static, or electronic, energy meters are replacing the conventional electromechanical meters. Consumers are sometimes complaining about higher energy readings and billing after the change to a static meter, but there is not a clear common or root cause at present,” an abstract of the findings states. “Electromagnetic interference has been observed between active infeed converters as used in photo-voltaic systems and static meters. Reducing the interference levels eliminated inaccurate reading in static meters.”
In another survey, that was published on the EMFSafetyNetwork.org showed that over a third of those surveyed had encountered an increase on their bill after the meters had been installed.
On top of overbilling smart meters have also been associated with health risks, fires, and electrical problems. Others speculate that smart meters also pose a variety of privacy concerns.
According to Smartmeterharm.org, the issues encountered by consumers are endless and include:
- Overcharging, accuracy, and the Structure Group report
- Privacy invasion
- Fires and electrical problems
- Health problems
- Switching mode power supply (SMPS)
- Interference with electronics
- Interference with medical devices
- Remote disconnection of power
- Vulnerability of nuclear facilities
- Vulnerability to electromagnetic pulses (EMPs)
- No utility liability for hacked data
- Increased burglary risk
- Increased metal and infrastructure corrosion
- Impacts to building integrity
- Job loss – Environmental costs
- Smart Grid/Smart Meters – energy intensive
- Weaponized RF
- Control of household electrical use
- FCC violations
- Burdensome and excessive costs
- Costs exceed benefits
- Fraudulent claims and unavailable information
- Strong-arm tactics by CPUC and utilities
- Violation of jurisdiction and mandate by CPUC
- CPUC procedural violations
- No CEQA EIR
- Violation of state and federal laws
- Criminal negligence
- Strengthening utility monopolies
- Ignoring realities and open process
So, how can you fight against overbilling? Begin charting your monthly use. You can obtain copies of your previous statements that will indicate past usage as well. Document the types of bulbs and quantity that you have as well as the types of appliances found in your household. By looking at the model numbers you can find out the exact usage associated with each one. If you notice that your bill doesn’t quite match up, contact your local power company.