We're supposed to be getting those smart meters at some stage the house we used to live in (way out in a small town in the middle of nowhere) got one first though (weird...I guess cause the meter guys don't wanna have to drive so far out so they do the more distant places first??). I'm not happy because the meter is also outside our bedroom (not so bad that it's right behind the bed... but close enough, to us and the kids).
Our power company installed our smart meter about 2 years ago. We had no say in the matter. Since our meter is on the outside of the front of our house, we didn't even have to be at home. There have been stories that they want to charge us for it even though it was forced upon us. Also, one of the news stories reported that the old meters were sold to a third world country for $1 a piece. People are not happy. Our electric bill went up, but more due to de-regulation that went into effect rather than a new meter.
Peak usage times are changing because "everybody" works during the day and does all their housework at night, so that's when the most electricity is used.
I'm calling BS on this 'smash the meter' or 'shoot the utility worker' nonsense. You don't go to the store and tell the clerk what kind of cash register to use, or insist that a gas station use an analog meter on their gas pumps. Grow up. If you're that much of a rugged individualist, you should be off-grid.
In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.
Our meter is on the outside of the house and accessible without having to pass through a fence or anything. So one day the new meter was there. I haven't noticed anything, but who knows what it's doing to me.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.
"Somebody is delivering electrical power that is useful for nearly any conceivable task, in quantities orders of magnitude larger than I could produce with my own labor, for pennies a day! And they want to charge me accurately for it!?! Woe is meeeeee!"
RitaRose, I am sorry you are going to lose your job. That sucks. But when has any new technology ever not lost somebody a job?
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