Jerry Sakai: Smart meter hysteria |

Jerry Sakai: Smart meter hysteria

Before you consider having your smart meter removed as some people are urging, consider a few realities.

Smart meter signals are radio waves not unlike emissions from cellphones, cordless phones, and even microwave ovens. Imagine if one could see electromagnetic radiation as if it were fog. Homes without any electronic goodies with would still be filled with haze due to signals entering from cellphone towers, TV stations, KNCO, KVMR, neighbors’ Wi-Fi, etc. If one added their own Wi-Fi, cellphone, cordless phone, and other wireless devices that haze turns into thick fog. It is likely that one week of moderate cellphone use exposes people to more radiation than a year’s worth of smart meter emissions.

While there may be a few individuals suffering from the low levels to which they are exposed, most suffer no ill effects or shorten longevity living in the electronic soup wherever they happened to be. Indeed in nearly every household smart meter emissions would only be detectable by very sensitive electronic measuring equipment.

The value of the smart meter is it enables people to monitor their daily energy consumption and in the event of a power outage its location is identified immediately.

Jerry Sakai

Nevada City

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