Monday, 24 January 2011
Smart Meters - Not For Me Thanks
In this morning's post RMcGeddon mentioned smart meters and provided a couple of Youtube links which set me on a mission to discover more about this piece of equipment which will be installed in every home in the land by 2020.
It's difficult to find any British videos so those here are from the US where the installation of smart meters is well underway. In the above video the smart meter was installed three months ago. The three shrubs on the wall are several years old and were healthy with a thick growth. In three months damage is clearly visible and the home owner insists that is due to the microwave radiation signals.
Apart from the microwave radiation which penetrates through walls, there is concern here in the UK about privacy. Once a smart meter is introduced power usage is constantly communicated to your supplier who will be able to make a fairly good assessment of your movements and lifestyle.
Will it save you money? Having considered the dangers of continual microwave technology drifting through my home; the lack of information about the use of the data suppliers glean from this equipment and the fact that I am already aware of how much power I use, I will refuse one. In the US the installation of this equipment allows the supplier access to your home at any time. This will probably be the case here too.
A more sinister aspect is power companies could well reduce or cut off certain goods in your home. Of course that wouldn't happen immediately but by having a smart meter you're giving control of your energy use to your supplier who can use it as they wish. The ICO, which monitors personal data security has already met major suppliers to discuss the security implications of smart meters. In my maturing years I have little trust in the ICO or any organisation to protect my privacy. There's a great deal of money to be made from selling personal data.
If you're interested in knowing more you could start by watching this video. Forewarned is forearmed.