Six reasons to say no to a smart meter | The Telegraph

The great smart meter revolution has faltered and households can choose, once again, to opt out and keep hold of their old-fashioned utility meters which require manual reading.

When they were introduced in 2009, smart meters were supposed to simplify the billing process and ensure readings were up to date and accurate. But the roll-out has been plagued with problems – as explained below.

Now, according to research conducted by, one in five people do not want one.

The Government had originally said that every household would be set up with a smart meter by 2020 – and nearly seven million have been installed so far – but in June the Government subtly downgraded this requirement. Now every home will be “offered” a smart meter by 2020, with no obligation to take one.

The controversy around smart meters is more so because it is the Government’s job to set overall energy policy, not the job of suppliers, and the move away from carbon-based energy sources, the national roll-out of smart meters, and the expansion of renewables and nuclear power has cost consequences, with the consumer expected to pick up the tab.

Every household will, ultimately, pay for the new meter roll-out via their bills. As energy companies are quick to say, this is one reason why bills are rising.

1) Smart meters could make it harder to switch gas and electricity providers

2) Smart meters don’t bring an end to estimated bills (or billing errors)

3) Smart meters won’t work if you have a poor signal in your area

4) The display units linked to smart meters are crude and difficult to understand

5) There’s little evidence so far that smart meters will save energy – or money

6) Smart meters ‘pose security and other risks’

See Six reasons to say no to a smart meter to read the full article.

Note, SSMA adds a 7th reason – the debilitating health effects of smart meters constantly pulsating microwave radio frequencies into people’s homes.
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7 Responses to Six reasons to say no to a smart meter | The Telegraph

  1. Graeme says:

    Just a heads up on a concern that i have had lately. Received a letter in the mail from a company called Ausnet.
    They have informed me of there intention to replace the gas meter with a new one.
    It has no mention of what type of meter it is that they are fitting.
    I have taken the precaution of making a steel box to fit over the old meter and bolting the box to the house.
    i have still no Smart Meter for the electricity,(Locked Up).
    Has anyone else had notification from any company stating they are planning to fit a new meter.?

    • Henry says:

      Graeme, this may interest you. Cut and paste this url into your address bar. The PDF file should download.

      I believe I know who the person is that sent this letter to Ausnet. If it’s the case that I think it is, I believe the person was able to negotiate the installation of a meter that could NOT be retrofitted into a smart meter (ie. not a model 750) I believe the appropriate person in Ausnet was contacted and the fact that gas smart meters were not a govt “mandated” (so-called) requirement, the persons request for a non retro-fittable meter was accommodated. Anyway I’m jigging my memory but it was something like that.
      Henry (

    • Henry says:

      Clicking on the link is fine too

  2. Gwen says:

    It is so sad that this story is true. They (government) know the truth about EMRS. I read a story today about another broadband service instead of the NBN. It requires you to fit an antenna to your roof to receive super-speeds. What will become of our children. I tried to use a new computer using an Ethernet cable but was overcome by the electro magnetic radiation that this device was emitting. I’m ok on my old computer. I don’t know what I will do when they cut off Ethernet services.

    • Terrence says:

      Gwen, you can configure your computer so that the transmission option is turned off. (there may even be a button that allows you to do that but you can definitely switch off transmissions via your software options)

    • Alexander Jamieson says:

      I believe that the Premier and the Energy Ministry are fully aware of the real and debilitating nature of the health effects that THEIR wireless smart meters (that they chose to roll out and still insist on keeping out there) have inflicted on some number of persons in Victoria and that they are doing their uttermost to cover this up and to present themselves in the light of not having any such knowledge. They desperately don’t want publicity of these matters to reignite again.

      I believe we have evil people in the Victorian State Govt. This covering up of the harm that they have caused is only furthering their transgressions against the people of Victoria. This will fall upon their heads eventually.

      And may it be sooner rather than later.

  3. saucepanbach says:

    Happy to see the mainstream press pick up on this issue. I’d thought that it was the Australian Telegraph which had posted the article but no – it’s the U.K. version. No matter, any publicity on this helps bring an understanding that ‘smart’ meters aren’t the boon to mankind that they’re dressed up to be.

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