The other day I received a letter from SoCal Edison regarding their plans to replace my analog meter with a new Smart Meter. They explained all the benefits and why generally this was a good thing. I was a bit skeptical, so I did some research. The reality is that there are a lot of concerns about these things, ranging from health and safety, privacy and overcharging customers due to their new variable rate (i.e. your rate during a hot summer day could be double what it currently is when you want to run your AC). I called them up and got placed on the Opt Out list.
Below is a letter I have been distributing within my neighborhood to get the word out and let everyone make an informed decision. I suggest you do your homework as well and spread the word to avoid another "Bakersfield Problem" (google it).
Hello Neighbor –
I live just down the street from you. Recently, I received a letter in the mail from SoCal Edison stating that they would be replacing my existing analog meter with their new SmartMeter. They touted all of the benefits that it provides (checking your current usage online and getting tips on how to lower your costs and all that), but what they failed to mention is that there is a very open debate about the safety of these things. Instead, they are just telling you they are doing this unless you explicitly tell them, no I don’t want it.
They are basically sending radioactive waves every 15 minutes to their local office. There have been reports of people getting sick from these waves and it is still too new to determine the long-term impact to the health of people, animals and plantlife. For my family, I am saying thanks, but no thanks. I’m perfectly fine with the way the system works right now. If there is even a small risk to the health of me or my family, it doesn’t matter what benefits they try to sell me on.
I encourage you to educate yourself on the risks of these SmartMeters and determine for yourself if it is right for you. I have provided a community alert from Santa Cruz county and a sign you can post near your meter saying you don’t want the SmartMeter, if that is your choice. If you do want to opt out, you should also contact SoCal Edison to get on their list; otherwise, one of the independent contractors hired by SCE may just install it anyways when your address comes up on their list. I have heard that it is very difficult to get the old analog meter put back after it has been upgraded to the SmartMeter.
You can learn more about this by going to the following websites…
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. My only hope is that you can now make an informed decision. SoCal Edison is not providing you this courtesy, but somebody should.
Thank you and be well.