Novel way to prevent a smart meter installation (and keep cool!)

We have received this from Andrew, one of our supporters…..

“I am sick of people hassling me on the installation of a smart meter. I know they are not allowed to work on power boards while standing in WATER, SO HERE IS WHERE I HAVE PUT MY WADING POOL. LETS SEE HOW THAT GOES!!!!”


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47 Responses to Novel way to prevent a smart meter installation (and keep cool!)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi all,
    I have just received a letter from Jemena outlining my refusal to give access to install a ‘mandated’ smart meter. The final paragraph reads-“If we do not hear from you within 10 days of this letter we will consider that you have declined our offer to replace the old meter with a smart meter, by reason of you refusing Jemena access to the meter at your property”

    There is also mention of Jemena “recovering costs of maintaining a separate metering service…”

    Does anyone have any ideas about this? Is this another ploy? Any advice regarding this letter would be most appreciated. Thank you for keeping on, Kind regards Zee

  2. Chris says:

    You can also apply to your power company for a “medical exemption form” that states the power company cannot turn off your power for ANY REASON for medical reasons. A doctor needs to sign it. Our doctor signed it happily because our 8 week old daughter should have an air ioniser running in her room at all times. Everyone should use an air ioniser running in their house at all times actually. It’s good for you. Talk to your doctor about it. And then they cannot turn off the power to install a smart meter on you.

    Highly recommended tactic.

  3. Paul says:

    Received my 3rd letter from Jemena today. Here is my response (note: I have utilised information from other SSMA members to construct this – apologies and thanks).
    19th February 2014

    Ms. [name withheld]
    Stakeholder Relations Manager
    Jemena Electricity Networks (VIC) Ltd
    321 Ferntree Gully Road
    Mount Waverley, VIC 3149

    Dear [name withheld],

    Ref: Smart Meter Installation.

    Thank you for your proforma letter dated 31st January 2014 in which you state that “Jemena has been directed to install new digital smart meters to all residential and small business properties across the Jemena network.”

    Firstly, this is a mandate only for utilities such as Jemena to use their best endeavours to have smart meters installed. It is in no way law! Additionally, there is no law that compels me or any other Victorian to accept a dangerous, WHO-classified, Class 2B carcinogenic device (the same category as DDT, which has been banned by governments worldwide, including the Victorian government).

    Furthermore, I draw your attention to the Energy Legislation (Hardship, Metering and Other Matters) Act 2006, which includes “Act No. 60/2006 New Division 6A of Part 2, inserted After Division 6 of Part 2 of the Electricity Industry Act 2000 insert — “Division 6A—Advanced Metering”. There is nothing in this Act that says that an advanced metering infrastructure is to be rolled out. Nor does this Act compel power companies to install an advanced meter infrastructure.

    On another matter, regarding meter ownership, see, ‘Evidentiary Provisions’, §6A (4)b of the State Electricity Commission Act 1958, Victoria, where it states meters were both supplied and provided. In other words meters were sold and relinquished and others provided with maintained ownership of the SECV. It’s in the legislated, documented status of ownership that both SEC and Victorians collectively own the meters. They could never be sold to Power Distributors in whole, without an acquisition and just compensation. That has never happened.
    In addition, ownership the meter may be argued but there is no denying that the box in which it is housed, together with the wiring to which it is connected, belongs to me. With this in mind, I categorically refuse to have my wiring connected in any way to a smart meter and additionally do not consent to any other fixtures of the Smart Meter (e.g. aerials) being fitted to my box, house or land.

    Can I refuse a smart meter? Yes I can! Subject to legislative or contractual obligation or licence, people are allowed to refuse entry on to their property of persons they do not wish to be on their property. In the absence of such an obligation where a domestic customer is opposed to the installation of an AMI, they are entitled to refuse people access to their property for the purpose of installing a smart meter.

    Extract of letter from Eugene White, Barrister, 525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne:

    9th October 2012.
    On the work I have been able to do to date it appears that there is currently no statute that requires a domestic electricity consumer to allow a distributor onto their premises to remove an analogue meter and install a “smart meter”, otherwise known as “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” or “AMI.”
    Free access by right or contract can only be granted if Jemena is doing legal works. In this case, you wish to perform unconsented (therefore illegal), work on my property.

    In addition, the third last paragraph of your letter mentions that ‘Under the terms and conditions of supply to your premises, you must allow us access to the meter box, switchboard and point of attachment at all times.’ But nowhere does it say that I must provide access to have a smart meter installed.

    Finally, I have serious concerns about the safety of RF EMF radiation. For every argument that you provide dispelling health concerns there are many more from senior scientists and other experts both in this country and overseas to the contrary. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified Smart Meters as a Type 2B certified carcinogenic device. So, is Jemena more knowledgeable on this matter than the WHO? I think not.

    However, if Jemena is so convinced that Smart Meters are safe and that there are no health concerns, would it be prepared to have a legal document signed and duly witnessed to that effect, bearing in mind that the company would be subject to litigation should future health problems arise?

    In conclusion, I reiterate that, under no circumstances, is a smart meter to be installed at my premises. I have accordingly placed signs at my entrance to this effect.

    Yours sincerely


  4. bees should have no problem helping to defend an analogue meter.the smartmeter is a very certain death sentence for the bees.god save the bees

  5. Terri Keller says:

    So many clever ways to go – I think I like the bees best! 🙂 More ideas from your counterpart in America:

    Terri Keller

  6. Marylin says:

    Maybe get a Beekeeper to turn your meter box into a beehive?

  7. David says:

    My Creative idea, was to have the comms module removed from the WIMAX smart meter, so it can no-longer transmit nor receive, (the module just unplugs) since the silly folk at SP-Ausnet are so-far, refusing to re-instate a safe analogue unit.

  8. ROFL@NWO says:

    You guys are all doing brilliantly…leading the way for Australia! When and if they try and roll them out in WA, we have an encyclopaedia of resistance techniques and legal know how thanks to all your hard work and in some cases unfortunately, suffering. Much appreciation from across the continent. X

    • HI ROFL@NWO,
      I telephoned the people in charge of the Electric Power Distribution in W.A some weeks ago and told them of the ACTUAL UNLAWFUL way the five foreign owned Electric Power Companies had been and still are working in wicked concert with this Victorian Liberal Party Government trying to con decent Victorian citizens into taking the dopey and now proving to be deadly to humans and all life dopy so-called Smart Meters.

      These same meters are now named A.M.I digital Microwave remote reading electric meters. This wicked attempt by both Victorian governments is against the peoples’ Will and better judgement.

      Right now well over 200,000 of us have securely padlocked our Privately owned Electric Meter boxes to protect us from this wicked pursuit of this and the past RAPINELY Greedy past Labor and now this also equally monetary greedy Victorian Liberal Party Government.

  9. Roger Adams says:

    Great I might put my sprinkler out near my electricity box…..and if someone comes then just turn it on and see them get wet and I think that will be enough for them to rethink their actions!

    • Good one Roger,
      Hats off to you my good man.

    • John M says:

      There’s a quite funny video on youtube (can’t remember the title) in which someone with some electronic skills adapted some infrared sensors and car remote entry door solenoids to active sprinklers as needed at night to spray stray cats and prevent them from using his yard and car as a toilet. In the haste to escape the surprise soaking all manner of hilarious results happen. The idea could be adapted to fit this situation. At least then you could have some plausible deniability if your hand isn’t on the tap 😀

  10. Sheryl says:

    Hi Guys,
    On the 10th of February, 2014 friend’s had a letter sent to them ” Next week between the dates. we will be installing Smart Meter at your home.”
    So keep your signs up, meter boxes locked etc.


  11. frontad84 says:

    I am a retired Electrical Contractor and I do have an Electric Fencing Unit which I did contemplate installing so that any unauthorised person attempting to access my Meter Box would receive a shock. However, after much thought I decided against doing so as I’m pretty sure according to law it could be regarded as a Man Trap which is illegal and would probably land me in trouble.

    • Keep Meter Boxes Locked ( & loaded ) says:

      Nah, not wrong…just giving them some karma! 😉

    • Mia says:

      Well a person could always plant a garden all around the meter area and then use that Red Snapper New Zealand electric garden fencing considered to be a very effective pest deterrent for garden pests.
      Of course one always puts up a large easily seen warning sign.

    • Simply use a stout padlock to lock up your electrical power box and only then put up your Legal Commonwealth Anti Trespass signs with the $167,000 Dollars Fine from Canberra our Seat of Government.

  12. Mia says:

    Our utility went around acting no different then thieves. So that inspired the construction of a heavy duty addition, built using “found” materials. It is a bump out enclosed “breezeway’ fully attached to the meter wall side of the house. It also includes a now enclosed third existing side entrance door. Two steel doors are located at either end of the addition bump out, double locked, + slot bars across each door. Tiny meter view window w/ interior antitheft grid,+ security camera,+ security system armed+a LOUD battery connected car alarm w/ sensor. This separate enclosure does double duty as a ventilated, secure space in which to run a gen set for power outages or for off grid. The space is attached yet separate from the interior of the home & still impregnable. Meanwhile the bump out is solid & serves well for storage of several heavy items. Even used leftover matching siding. Looks just like part of the original house design.
    One friend has an electric pest deterrent garden fence wrapped all round their meter, energized from a solar panel on the roof which feeds a deep cycle battery indoors.
    Another friend built a sun room off their meter wall, using unbreakable lexan.
    Another used steel epoxy to permanently glue the flat surfaces of their safe meter to the adjoining flat surfaces of the meter base, (no epoxy on prongs or socket components).
    Other friends secured their meter, then used the time to pare back on energy use, then go off grid.
    Yet other friends plasma cut a steel angle iron bed frame, welded it, placed it over the meter collar, located the wires on the interior side of the wall, then attached the rectangular frame, using 12″ X 8” bolts counter sunk right through the meter wall.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Mia,
      Great idea’s,
      Thank you.


    • Mia,
      The truth is these smart meter chaps stealing peoples safe and passive Analog Electric Meters are actually PIRATES OF THE SUBURBS. Keep your Electric Meter box securely padlocked with a stout padlock and get up your Legal Commonwealth of Australia $167,000 Dollar Anti-Trespass Signs as now well over 200,000 and still mounting in numbers of us Victorians have done. Out numbers are growing every day.

  13. Peter Holden says:

    As nobody appears willing to explain the meaning of LMFAO, permit me to enlighten you. It simply means Laugh My F…..g Arse Off. I leave it to your imagination to fill in the missing letters. LOL ( Which stands for Laugh Out Loud)

  14. Chris says:

    I posted something similar a few threads back, where a friend put a 44 gallon drum in front of his meter box and filled it with water. It’s a lot harder for them to move. They have to lean over it to change the meter, and risk dropping it into the barrel or a tool in there and have to go dunking….they cant move the barrel as its too heavy, they just don’t know what to do and leave it. Same idea though. Nice one!

  15. Christine Crawford says:

    I think its a very kind gesture to keep the workman cool while working on a hot day……

  16. Brenn says:

    Another situation that sends the installers away is having electric heating in the floor…that somehow put the smart meter installation in the ‘too hard basket’ and sent them away– in one case I heard of. (As I dont have electric heating in the floor I dont know why it is more complicated at the meter…….)

    • Sick Of Their Lies says:

      I have a neighbor who has electric heating in the floor, who was wondering how “they” were going to sort out his situation, due to his more “complex” meter-box setup.

      The solution…..2 x WiMAX capable “smart” meters (SP Ausnet)
      I’m not kidding!

      Already installed. Done!!!

      I was horrified.

  17. Damaged says:

    After watching us get sick from a smart meter, lose our house and move interstate, our friend cut the window in his meter box, padlocked the meter box, siliconed it shut and put 3 active beehives around it! Lets hope the installers get the message!!!!!!

    • To Damaged,
      Even better, get a couple of Hornet Nest under the Electric Meter Box. Two Hornet stings can kill a horse, so I think that would keep these smart meter pirates of the suburbs at bay.

  18. John C says:


  19. ingrid says:

    Genius Andrew. Gold.

  20. Eric says:

    This solution needs to be supported with CCTV monitoring to ensure it’s effectiveness.

  21. Anonymous says:

    well done!

  22. Altered Meek says:

    Excellent! This is really funny, but how effective will it be if a cocky installer drains the pool (either with a portable pump or cuts a hole in it) then installs a death meter when you’re away from the house for a few hours? Would this also prevent a meter reader from getting close enough to get a reading?
    Just being thorough 🙂

  23. Don Maisch says:

    How about adding some Piranhas or even an electric eel!

  24. Ted Hunt says:

    That Is GOLD LMFAO 🙂

  25. EJ says:

    We commend you for your creativity, a positively brilliant idea to be sure! Let us all share our ideas and determine the most creative amongst us. 🙂

  26. Tanya says:

    Andrew, thanks for that great idea. I roared with laughter at it. I’ll suggest it to other resisters.

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