Smart meters/meter boxes
Smart meters/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.
There are different types of smart meters in different parts of Australia and different smart meters emit different fields. A meter box can emit magnetic fields, electric fields and radiofrequency radiation.
There is NO one product that can block all these fields, but we can help you block/reduce them and these are the steps you need to take.
If you live outside Victoria, ring up your electricity provider (their number is on your electricity bill). Ask them 'does my electricity meter read my electricity use remotely?' If they say 'yes', ask them to disconnect all wireless functions of the meter. (You don't need a wireless meter outside Victoria.)
Now move onto step 2.
If you live in Victoria, you will need to block the wireless radiation from your smart meter from entering your home by shielding the inside wall of your home. (Do not put anything over the meter box itself.)
Before you do this, book a phone consultation with us so we can discuss (a) the most appropriate shielding material (b) the potential risks of shielding and (c) anything you may need to do before you start shielding.
Now move onto step 2.
If your electricity meter is located on a different wall from your bed, you can ignore this step.
If your electricity meter is located behind your bed and just centimetres from your head when you sleep, then this is what you need to do.
1. Use our Tenmars magnetic field meter to measure the magnetic fields and write them on the chart that we provide.
2. Email us the chart and book a phone consultation to discuss what to do next.
Meter boxes/smart meters can emit magnetic fields, electric fields and radiofrequency radiation.
Magnetic field exposure has been shown to increase:
- 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 has been shown to:
- increase the risk of brain tumours, especially in young people
- cause sperm damage consistent with infertility
- cause oxidative stress (free radical damage) that is found in many health problems and contributes to ageing
- damage DNA
- interfere 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.
Many people developed unpleasant symptoms after wireless smart meters were installed on their homes. You can see more details about this study here.
‘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
You can read our submissions about smart meters to:
- The Tasmanian Government
- The NSW Smart meter Taskforce
- Energy Safe Victoria report on Smart meter safety
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.