Smart Meters


“Many of them said they had never heard of electrical sensitivities before, were developing strange symptoms they never had before, could not use computers, wi-fi or cell phones any more without painful symptoms (even though previously they had been using them heavily with wi-fi in offices and on in homes 24/7). Weeks or months after their symptoms began they first discovered a smart meter on their home. Upon inquiry, they found out it had been installed at the time or just before their symptoms initiated… All this was surprising to me because this device was initiating ES (electrosensitivity) in previously normal, healthy persons who had tolerated wi-fi and cell phones for years with no problems.” 

Richard H. Conrad, Ph.D., John Hopkins trained biochemist, Pre-Filed Testimony to the Maine Public Utilities Commission regarding Smart Meter Opt out Program, Feb 1, 2013

The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation of wireless “smart meters” in homes and schools based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature …  Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action.  Amercian Academy of Environmental Medicine 2012 calls for a halt to Smart Meters

There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF,..

In 2010 Smart Meter industry leaders in USA admitted in private emails that they are aware of health effects and other problems associated with smart meters

Smart Meters use wireless radio frequencies to transmit electrical, gas and water usage information direct to the utility companies. These meters are designed to transmit pulsed microwave radiation frequently (sometimes every few seconds). Smart meters are already rolled out in many other countries, where there have been reports of health problems, price hikes, overcharging and some incidents of smart meters going on fire. 

ESB are carrying out the installation of electricity Smart meters which will use “digital technology and the 2G mobile phone network”

What’s the Cost of the Smart Meter Programme?

” The replacement of over 2 million electricity meters with the next generation electricity meter over a six-year period will cost some €1.2 billion”  According to CRU

Who’s paying for this?  You are.

While there will be no upfront costs to households, … “Like other infrastructure upgrades, the cost of the meter upgrade will be recouped over time in charges paid by suppliers, and in turn customers, for the use of the electricity network.”

“The meters do come at a cost, too. Customers will see €5.50 added to their bill each year for the next two decades in order to cover the rollout”

Existing Analogue Meters are Safe and Work, and have done for Decades

What’s wrong with Smart Meters?


Acute health problems reported where smart meters are installed include heart palpitations, chest pain, inability to concentrate, feeling faint, headaches, dizziness, irritability, nausea, sleep difficulties, and tinnitus and auditory problems. Health complaints . Many people have had no choice but to leave their homes as a result of illness from smart meter radiation.

July 2019 – French Court rules against Smart Meters for Health reasons

Accumulative long-term exposure to microwave radiation can lead to depression, chronic illnesses, Alzheimer’s, neurological illnesses and cancers. Children, the elderly and those with already compromised health are most at risk of developing acute or long-term illnesses from exposure to smart meters.

Smart Meters have also been known to interfere with heart pacemakers and other  implanted medical devices.

Smart Meters can  cause Dirty Electricity.

2021 USA – 81 Organizations Urge PA Supreme Court to Reject Smart Meters Mandate

The Ecologist – Smart meter radiation and health – why are we neglecting non-toxic alternatives? 


Trees, plants, animals and birds can all be affected by smart meter radiation See here.

Smart Meters are not environmentally friendly. Consider the huge environmental cost to produce millions of new meters and to dispose of analogue meters, as well as installing a new smart grid  – an unnecessary expense as existing analogue meters work perfectly well.

Smart meters will be on all the time, collecting information and sending out pulsed radiation.  Extra electricity will be required to power the communications masts needed for the Smart Grid, and computer Data Centres to collect and store all this information are huge consumers of energy.

Do not believe the spin about Smart Meters helping to combat climate change.  Smart Meters are bad for the environment and wildlife and will cause more harm than good.

Smart Meters will not actually reduce your electricity or gas consumption, only tell you how much you are using – which is exactly what existing analogue meters do!



Many smart meters have exploded and caused fires.

Summary of Evidence on Smart Meter Fires

Warning – Smart Meters cause Fires

Are smart meters a FIRE hazard? BBC Watchdog investigation finds poorly fitted meters may have started blazes

SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires

Ontario ordered to remove 5,400 smart meters over safety concerns

Lawsuits claim faulty PG&E Smart Meters started house fires


Smart meters and the Smart Grid are vulnerable to hacking and remote interference. Your information can be used for criminal purposes, ie checking your daily activities and whether you are at home or not.

“Then there is the vexed question of data protection and privacy. Experts claim that a trained eye would be able to look at the data coming from your smart meter and tell what time you get up in the morning and go to bed at night. They would be able to tell when you have a shower, when you are on holidays, when you are at home and when you are not. That’s the type of information that would be manna from heaven for hackers, for burglars, for advertisers who want to call to your door or call you on the phone, and to law enforcement who may want to track your movements” Will GoodbodyRTE – Smart Meters could Spark Problems if Mishandled – September 2017.

Security flaw found in mandatory smart meters. Hackers could “turn the lights off in a city or neighborhood” – Consumer Affairs.Com


Many consumers have reported higher bills since smart meters were installed.

The cost of production and installation will be passed on to you.

Smart meters will allow utility companies to control pricing around times when you use your electricity or gas.  Prices will be hiked at certain times.  So you may be charged more if you use your cooker at dinner time… 

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Utility companies can switch your power off when they want to, without your consent. They will also charge more for using power at different times during the day.


Utilities companies will collect personal  data about you, your family  and your living habits. This information can be sold to third-party marketing companies, invading your privacy, and making a profit. The Roll of Utility Meters in Mass Surveillance

April 2021 – Green Party TD Patrick Costello has requested that the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) address privacy concerns around ESB smart meters.

Software company admits smart meter spying for profit :

Cartoon Courtesy of Infomatic Films

 Smart Meters are Not Mandatory. You have a Lawful Right to Refuse       Find out How HERE

Award Winning Smart Meter Documentary – Take Back Your Power (Full Official Version) : Watch Here

In the UK, Dr Andrew Goldsworthy, Lecturer in Biology of Imperial College London, wrote to The Commons Select Committee UK in response to smart meter roll-out there. Read Response HERE

July 2016 – “Smart Meters ‘not needed’ after all for European Smart Grid”

Dr Karl Maret Engineer, discusses Smart Meter Potential Health Effects:

There are hundreds of campaigns against Smart Meters around the world, and warnings from scientists, doctors and those already affected by smart meter radiation. These websites are a small number of them :

Take Back Your Power website and Award Winning Documentary

Stop Smart Meters (UK)

Stop Smart Meters (USA)

Smart Meter Harm

Smart Meter Education Network (USA)

Smart Meter Dangers

Stop Smart Meters Australia

Smart Grid Awareness

EMF Safety Network

EMR Health Alliance of BC (Canada)

Disclaimer: This commentary is intended to help advance knowledge in the areas discussed and provide background information based on existing knowledge and related factors that may influence safety, well-being, productivity and sustainability. It is not intended as a final statement on the areas discussed, and as more information becomes available the opinions given may develop, be adapted or change. Whilst all reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure the validity of the information presented, no warranty is given towards its accuracy. No liability is accepted by the authors for damages arising from its use and/or interpretation by others. The comments given are being distributed without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of the materials lies with the reader/listener. In no event are the authors liable for damages arising from their use.  All references to smart meters refer to wireless devices, which may vary in their emissions.