Smart meters are coming into your home if MECO/HEI has its way. I say “into” your home because, even though most utility meters are mounted on the outside of structures, so-called “smart” meters radiate electromagnetic fields (EMFs) into your home. Research such as the Bioinitiative Report, which contains over 1800 studies, has shown this type of EMFs to be harmful to humans.
Smart meters are designed to communicate wirelessly with each other, with communication hubs, and with data collection centers. These meters operate in the microwave frequency range emitting random, erratic spikes of EMFs throughout the day and night. You cannot shut them off and you cannot move them. EMFs, such as, those emitted by smart meters have been linked to a slew of negative health effects, with the National Toxicology division of the NIH finding definitive links to two different types of cancer—malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas of the heart. Children are even more vulnerable to EMFs because their little bodies are still developing.
Radiating EMFs is just one way smart meters enter into your home. Another way we are vulnerable is through in-home surveillance. Smart meters are able to track minute details of in-home energy usage. Since the modern family is almost always interacting with something electronic, and each electronic device has a unique energy signature, the tracking is ubiquitous. So rich is the treasure trove of data tracked and recorded by smart meters that it carries a high price tag for those in the market for consumer information. Thus, a valuable new income stream would be created for MECO. They can make money from collecting data from inside our homes and then selling that data for a profit. With over 4 billion data records stolen last year worldwide, smart meters also make our electrical grid vulnerable to hacking and cyber attacks.
Another issue with smart meters is the risk of igniting homes. To date smart meters have been linked to hundreds of fires, explosions and two deaths. In Philadelphia, PECO replaced almost 200,000 faulty smart meters due to fire risks. Similar concerns in parts of Florida, Oregon and Canada have resulted in another 200,000 faulty smart meter replacements at a cost of millions of dollars. Because smart meter fires start on the outside of the house they are not picked up by smoke detectors, leaving occupants unaware.
The MECO/HEI proposal to blanket the islands with smart meters carried a hefty $47 million price tag that we, the customers, would have to pay. For more info and to sign our petition please visit www.StopSmartMetersHawaii.com