D.G. Engebretsen: Comparing utility meters | TheUnion.com

D.G. Engebretsen: Comparing utility meters

Here’s a little something to be aware of regarding the utility (electric, gas, water, solar) meters on your home or property: you may not be getting what you think you are paying for.

If you already called your utility company and have “opted-out” of the “smart meter” program, you could possibly still be receiving smart meter radiation. That’s because some utility companies, including PG&E, are sometimes installing “Trojan Horse” utility meters on the homes of folks who have requested traditional safer analog meters. Then, the utility company commits further fraud and charges the unsuspecting customer its monthly extortionary opt-out fee.

How is this possible? The company installs a meter which looks a lot like an analog, but has hidden digital components. These digital parts can be remotely activated and read by the utility company, all the while emitting dangerous radiation. Most Trojan Horse meters have about the bottom third part of the device covered, so that one cannot actually see what is inside them. What you want is a meter with all mechanical parts, and no digital ones. “Smart meters” come in different brands and styles. The best way to tell if you have a fake analog, (or Trojan Horse meter ), is to measure yours with the appropriate equipment. We may be able to help you with that. There’s also something called a “Medusa Meter,” which looks like a smart meter on steroids. Medusa meters project out from the wall much farther than standard smart meters. Another name for a Medusa meter is a “Collector Meter” because it collects data from many other smart meters. Medusa meters also emit much more radiation than the standard smart meter.

Until recently smart meters were not even U.L. (United Laboratories) certified. Now some models are being made to pass U.L. inspections. But don’t let that fool you into thinking any “smart” device is safe. The meters radiate our homes, schools, businesses, and airways around the clock.

D.G. Engebretsen, MSW

Grass Valley

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