Smart Meters

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Smart meters/meter boxes

Meter boxes can be a source of high electromagnetic fields and are often located in positions, such as bedroom walls, that result in high exposures during sleep.

Meter boxes can emit magnetic fields, electric fields and radiofrequency radiation.

Magnetic field exposure increased: 

  • childhood leukemia
  • adult leukemia
  • brain tumours
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • oxidative stress (free radical damage) that is found in many health problems and contributes to ageing

Radiofrequency radiation:

  • increased the risk of brain tumours, especially in young people
  • caused sperm damage consistent with infertility
  • caused oxidative stress (free radical damage) that is found in many health problems and contributes to ageing
  • damaged DNA
  • interfered with hormones, including melatonin (a potent free-radical scavenger)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified magnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen, in the same category as lead.

There are 3 types of electricity meters and all generate different types of fields.

Analogue meters

  • older style meters generate high magnetic fields plus electric fields.
  • They need to be read manually.
  • The best meter for measuring fields from an analogue meter box located near a bed is the FW Bell 4180 magnetic field meter (gaussmeter).

Digital meters

  • the best option for low exposure
  • newer digital meters generate lower magnetic fields than analogue meters as well as electric fields, but not necessarily radiofrequency radiation
  • they’re sometimes referred to as ‘smart’ meters, even though they don’t generate radiofrequency radiation.
  • They need to be read manually.
  • The best meter for measuring fields from a digital meter box located near a bed is the FW Bell 4180 magnetic field meter (gaussmeter). 

Wireless smart meters

  • these are digital meters that generate radiofrequency radiation as well as magnetic fields and electric fields.
  • They’re sometimes referred to as ‘remote reading’ meters because they transmit information about electricity consumption using a radiofrequency signal.
  • Many people developed unpleasant symptoms after wireless smart meters were installed on their homes. You can see more details about this study here.

Wireless Smart Meter

‘The most frequently reported symptoms from exposure to smart meters were (1) insomnia, (2) headaches, (3) tinnitus, (4) fatigue, (5) cognitive disturbances, (6) dysesthesias (abnormal sensation), and (7) dizziness. The effects of these symptoms on people's lives were significant.’

Dr Freda Lamech,

‘Self-reporting of symptom development from exposure to radiofrequency fields of wireless smart meters in Victoria, Australia: a case series’, Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Nov-Dec;20(6):28-39

More information

You can read our submissions about smart meters to:

If you have an analogue meter, what can you do?

If your analogue meter is located next to a bed, lounge, desk or other location where people spend time.

If you have a smart meter on your home, what can you do?

  • If you live in Victoria
    • Contact us for help to shield the signal from the meter to prevent it from entering your home. The shielding must be located on the internal wall behind the smart meter to stop the radiation entering your home from the rear of the meter.
  • If you live outside Victoria:
    • Contact your electricity company and ask whether the ‘smart’ meter is being read remotely. If so, it’s a wireless smart meter.
    • Ask to have the wireless disabled and the meter read manually.
    • If your electricity company doesn’t oblige, you can contact an alternative electricity company.
    • Alternatively, contact us for help to shield the radiation from the meter to prevent it from entering your home.

Having a new meter installed? What to do

If your electricity company contacts you to tell you it will be installing a new smart meter, here is what you can do.

  • If you live in Victoria
    • Contact us for help to shield the radiation from the meter and prevent it from entering your home. The shielding must be located on the internal wall behind the smart meter.
  • If you live outside Victoria
    • contact your electricity company and advise you do not want a meter that conveys meter readings remotely but one that is read manually. Request that no wireless antennas be installed on your meter.

Warning

Be sure to use only products that can be demonstrated to work. Some companies make claims that their products protect against electro-magnetic radiation or ‘harmonise’ radiation, however their products are not tested to demonstrate they are effective in reducing exposure and we’ve often measured the same exposures with and without harmonising devices in place.

We advise only using products that can be demonstrated to work to give you the peace of mind that you’re actually being protected.

You can see the test reports demonstrating the effectiveness of our products on this website.

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