Re: Smart Meters in communities?
From: Norman Gauss (
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:46:37 -0700 (PDT)
Smart Meters are electronic devices that transmit electricity consumption
instantaneously to the power company.  There is no need for a meter reader.
  The devices are a way for the power company to save on labor for meter
readers as well as a way to manage power consumption per household
hour-by-hour so that the time of day for electricity use can be figured in a
bill.  In other words, if a household can limit its electrical consumption
during the afternoon and evening hours in place of early morning and middle
of the night, they can have cheaper electricity. 

There has been concern over the possible health effects.  In my
understanding, since only transmission of data generates significant
electromagnetic energy,  and this happens only once an hour for a second or
two, I would say that the danger to one's health is almost non-existent.

Norm Gauss
Oak Creek Commons

-----Original Message-----
From: Joanie Connors [mailto:jvcphd [at]] 
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 5:29 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Smart Meters in communities?

What's a Smart Meter? And why are they installing them?

On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 2:09 PM, Valerie McIntyre
<valerie333 [at]> wrote:
> Greetings, Friends. I'm at WindSong Cohousing near Vancouver, BC. This
> summer BC Hydro is beginning to install wireless Smart Meters throughout
> province. There's a last-minute, but quickly-growing awareness in the
> general public here of the possible health impacts as well as of the
> infringement-of-privacy aspect.
> I'd like to know if other communities are discussing or have reached
> consensus on either allowing or resisting the installation of Smart
> and if resisting, how that decision is being enacted and received by local
> power authorities?
> Thanks!
> Valerie McIntyre
> WindSong Cohousing
> <>
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