Recently, California utility customers and their insurance companies filed a class action lawsuit alleging that their PG&E wireless "Smart" meters caught fire. One of the plaintiffs is the former mayor of San Francisco.
Utility companies do not provide customers with instructions or manuals when they install wireless or digital "Smart" meters on our homes. Dutch scientists conducted a study of the 9 most commonly installed utility "smart" meters and it yielded many unfortunate results.
This free 30-minute video also reveals unfortunate issues associated with utility "Smart" Meters especially in regard to fires and explosions:
Unfortunately, many of us aren't offered a choice when it comes to wireless or digital "Smart" utility meters being installed in our communities. Despite all the reported problems, many utility companies will not honor customers' request to keep their original analog meters on their homes and businesses. When customers refuse "Smart" Meters, utility companies disconnect their services.
Besides malfunctioning, fires and explosions, these "Smart" meters have proven to have such a short life span that they all need to be replaced on average every 3-7 years.This was actually predicted.
Even if you didn't experience any wacky stuff from your wireless or digital "Smart" Meters, it is worth noting that:
In the United States, $3.4B in federal stimulus was offered to utility companies to install these original "Smart" meters in 2009. Hence U.S. tax dollars were spent for these meters.
Many customers also received rate increases for these new wireless or digital "Smart" meters.
Utility companies are now proposing rate increases to replace all these "Smart" Meters with new wireless or digital "Smart" Meters.
Similar scenarios are happening in outside the U.S. as well.
Unless you're a utility company, these meters have taken a big chunk out of your wallet.
In fact, many are saying "enough already" with all these expensive wireless or digital "Smart" products. Technology is supposed to make life easier - not harder.After everybody started buying and using all these new wireless and digital "Smart" products 24/7, life became very complicated, expensive - and incendiary.
All of this "Smart" nonsense makes me nostalgic for the ‘90s. We had computers, cell phones, the Internet. Then marketing campaigns were created to sell us all on the idea of living like The Jetsons.