Meter installed

 If you have had a smart meter installed already we urge you to join us and take action via one or all of the options listed below. They are winning the fight in America to have smart meters removed, with numerous authorities now allowing opt-outs. If we all join together, we can also achieve this outcome here.


People from other States and Territories:

It is not a government-mandated requirement for electricity companies to use their ‘best endeavours’ to install smart meters elsewhere in Australia.  However, in response to a request from the COAG Energy Council in 2015, the Australian Energy Market Commission has made a rule that will “open up competition in metering and facilitate a market-led deployment of advanced meters”.  This rule provides for consumers to opt out of having their existing working meter replaced with an advanced (smart) meter; however, this option is not going to be available for new or replacement meters. In addition, opt- outs will not be permitted where sample testing indicates the meter may become faulty.

The new arrangements will commence on 1 December 2017 (excepting in Victoria, where it will not apply until the new rule is implemented as law; and Western Australia and the Northern Territory, which are not adopting the National Energy Customer Framework, as separate energy frameworks apply in these jurisdictions).  It is imperative that people living in jurisdictions subject to the new rule insist on having any smart meters removed now as you will lose the right to opt out once the new rule starts.

Note that smart meters are also referred to as ‘advanced’ meters.  In some cases wireless-enabled smart meters are also being deceptively called ‘digital’ meters; however, the functionality of these particular ‘digital’ meters goes beyond being simply digital as the meters also feature remote communications.

  • Contact your electricity provider in writing or by email and insist that your smart meter is replaced with an accumulation meter (or a digital meter that does not contain a communications module).
  • Write or email your Energy Minister and convey your concerns about smart meters. See How to write ‘Stop Smart Meters’ letters (and emails).
  • Write, phone and visit your local MP and your upper house MPs and make your concerns known.  If we’re not making our views known to government, then government will ONLY be hearing the lies and deception spun by industry.
  • Put up posters on noticeboards and distribute flyers in your neighbourhood in order to raise awareness and encourage other people in your community to refuse smart meters.  See examples here.
  • Become a member of Stop Smart Meters Australia
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What are the concerns about smart meters?

24 Responses to Meter installed

  1. Daniel Gavin says:

    Hi guys,

    Been searching for ways to block harmful effects of smart meters and found this site. Ot has links to protective material for your house. Reasonably cheap options with strong effects.
    Any other ideas?

  2. Daniel Gavin says:

    Hi ssma,

    Me and my partner spoke with you in the shop at Oakleigh. We have just found that smart meters have been installed at our set of appts. Do you know of any way we can block the harmful effects until such time that we can get it removed? What happens if we destroy it?
    Kind regards,

  3. Peeved says:

    We have a smart meter connected which was installed 4/4/2012 and the first bill we received was split 44 days on the old meter and 48 days on the new ,(Billing cycle 20/2/2012 – 22/5/2012) on the old meter we averaged .82 kwh and after the smart meter was read it went to .89 kwh only a small jump but but equates to 1.68 kw per day (24hr) which over a 92 day billing cycle amounts to an extra 154.56kw of power that was not used with the old meters, you may ask is this significant well you be the judge ! .
    After receiving our bill for the same period one year later 20/2/2013 – 22/5/2013 the reading has now jumped to 1.67kwh which is an escalation of .85 kwh from the old meters and a hike of 1798.7kwh used above normal usage. After challenging Tru Energy about the bill at a cost of $250 to us they can get the meter tested what a croc this is ,after doing a test throughout the day to use 1798.7kw you would have to be using a microwave, cooktop, oven and an air fryer all at once over a 24 hr period for 92 days. I urge all those who have smart meters to keep a close eye on their readings until these things get removed its obvious that these meters can be controlled to up your useage . They don’t need to raise the price but they have and they just sneak in extra kilowatts it seems. CHECK YOUR BILLS
    Old bills had . Peak Chrg @ .225kwh + quarterly supply Chrg $ 38 – $45 less 3% discount
    New bills have Peak Chrg @ .278kwh + supply charge .991 cents per day ($91.17 ) $51 hike a quarter and discount remains the same 3% .
    SMART METERS ARE COSTING US MONEY , BAD FOR OUR HEALTH , Good for electricity companies , good for hackers THEY HAVE TO GO.

  4. Anonymous says:

    we dont even have power connected and are trying to demolish/restore our new home and without notice they installed a smart meter, now the f(*&$ thing is in the way of the wall we need to knock down!!!!! wtf ???

    • Ms Rebel says:

      Go for it Anonymous – smash it down with the rest of the wall! They will have to reinstall an analogue on your home eventually… you can be sure of that as smart meters are NOT compulsory, says Julia Gillard. YES the tide is turning people.

  5. Hayley williams says:

    Can anyone tell me ( or offer a link) to the radius affected? Ie how close is too close. We have a whole panel of smart meters six meters from our bedroom. I thought not being on the house was a good thing but now I’m not so sure. Mum of two kids and very concerned. Would appreciate your help. Thanks. 😉

    • Informed Choice says:

      My neighbours had a meter installed next to our garage and driveway a couple of months ago. Since then the healthy, green leaves of the pittosporum tree nearby are dying off and it is starting to look brown and sick. This is smart meters in action. They radiate far more than any of us can imagine in my opinion, so in other words, you have a right for concern even if it is not on your home. What are these things going to do to our environment in the long run???

    • chandra easton says:

      I am highly EMR sensitive and found that i could not tolerate being within 10 meters of the Smart Meter. a panel of them 6 meters from your bedroom will destroy you health

  6. Sue-Ann Cozyn says:

    We have had a Smart meter installed just after the birth of my 2month old Son. My two older daughters have recently been complaining of headaches. We have just worked out they have been occuring since his birth. I had at first thought it was from him crying all the time and keeping them awake, but reading all the horror stories, I think it may be from the metre, as is my babies sleeplessness. He sleeps great when we are out or away for the weekend, but can’t stay asleep for long periods when we’re home. His nursery is closest to the meter, but I have not put him in there yet as I am now feeling very unsure. Has anyone tried the foil and bubble wrap? I am willing to give it a go and we are looking into purchasing the materials this weekend.

    • Pete says:

      I would be sending your distributor a bill for the cost of the material, along with a letter demanding the immediate removal of the device.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Feeling quite frustrated at this bureaucratic imposed situation. Called my Energy company only to be told I would have to pay $400 for someone to come out and check my smart meter ( for levels and to see if it’s working properly.) Energy company says take it up with government. It seems like I own it when it comes to having to pay for it being checked out. I thought it was not my property and therefore wouldn’t have to pay for it to be looked at. Certainly getting mixed messages.

    Meanwhile searching the web I came upon this on You Tube:

    and found it informative.

  8. Mia Nony says:

    Harm can happen quickly. Sometimes it’s irreversible. Don’t wait.
    Aluminium screening on windows is fast.
    Foiling floor to ceilling and wall to wall on the interior side of the meter wall with thick insulation foil with bubble wrap sandwiched between two layers of flexible foil is fast, one staple gun away from relief.
    Foil wrapping the s/meter with no pinholes for transmission is fast and it stops the frequency signals.
    The meter’s back up memory is good for 2 months but it can no longer chat with the other components of the system, This is a good thing. The utility people will arrive and remove the foil. You put it back each time asap. That is how you foil it AND them. Eventually they may even send a meter reader and then you get to keep it wrapped all the time.
    The law is slow. The frequencies do damage fast.
    Shield now. Get well. Then pursue the law.

  9. Mia Nony says:

    Go to Youtube and watch Smart Meters by minivanjack and then his 2nd one, How To Replace a Smart Meter With A Safe Meter. Minivanjack is Jerry Day. He is a documentary maker in Burbank California. He also has a site called The idea is to use the legal means to give the utility legally correct “notice of just cause”. You have to know your Constitutional rights but Jerry might be able to help there. You give them notice, a time line to remove the smart meter. If/when they fail to do so, you are then legally in a position to remove it yourself – meaning with a qualified electrician – and replace it without them coming back on you for not having a utility “registered” meter. You still have meter supply stores that make the same meter you had before they took it away and replaced it with a smart meter.
    Buy one for replacement now while you still can and then send for the legal or installation info or both. Even if you cannot “feel” the effects of the frequencies, don’t allow unshielded exposure to these frequencies, it can create permanent disability.
    Foil the meter to stop transmission. There are no laws against protecting yourself this way here, likely not there. Sure they will be annoyed but don’t let them bluff you.

  10. John says:

    Hi I just looked at the TRUenergy websites ‘frequently asked questions’ page and they have a spot to ask your own questions. I gave them hell. I think it would be great if heaps of people swamped this service and told them what they thought of their product.

  11. Art says:

    Thats the sort of info I’m after, awesome Mia!

    Anyone know of an Australian insulation equivalent?


  12. Redi Kilowatt says:

    I suggest that any letter to the utility in protest of the new radio meters be truthful, and avoid repeating some science fiction that I have seen people concoct here in the U.S.
    If people go off on science fiction, that will negate any legitimate gripes that people have.
    Keep in mind that the only way the utility can monitor usage of any individual device or appliance is for the utility to provide a separate meter for each device that reports to the utility, and that will never , ever happen anywhere in the world. It would be completely useless information to the utility and far too expensive to implement.
    The new appliances fitted with monitoring chips are for home use only, they do not transmit usage data to the utility. The home area networks are entirely purchased by the customer, and consist of certain large appliances fitted with monitoring chips, a power user interface (receiver), an in home display monitor, and a computer interface if one chooses to view price change alerts from the utility. These chipped appliances cannot be controlled by the chips, just usage monitored. If the customer wants to turn appliances on or off or dimming function for lighting is desired, the customer must purchase an automation system and buy a separate module for each and every device being controlled, and also a controller, that may or may not be hooked to a computer connected to the internet for remote control, plus have the proper software installed on the computer.
    The way that the HAN system display is able to distinguish between each appliance transmitter is that each appliance has a pre programmed address code built in, that is how the individual usage is identified. It is exactly the same as a radio system used by public and private entities. Each time a police or fire person keys up on the microphone in the vehicle or handheld radio, a sub audible address is transmitted to identify which radio is transmitting. This is for selective calling systems and in case of emergencies if the radio user gets in trouble.
    Bottom line, the meters only can transmit total usage of the meter to the utility over the radio network, and there is no way that the utility knows what that electricity is being used for, chipped appliances and HAN’s or not.

  13. Art says:

    Anyone law-savy enough? Can’t stand these constant head aches.

    • Mia Nony says:

      The headaches are doing you damage. They are caused by ammonia and toxins crossing the blood brain barrier. Never meant to happen, not EVER. The hazardous frequencies enabled by the meter make this possible.
      Foil that meter but good, preferably with Reflectix type insulation foil that has bubble wrap between two layers of flexible foil. Check out the kind at
      Staple it to the entire interior wall behind it and wrap the whole meter as well. Do not leave a single pinhole for transmission either direction to occur. When they come and remove it, put it right back. They do not have the manpower to keep coming out. Eventually they will have to send a monthly meter reader and you will get to keep it foiled. It is either that or replace it with an old analog meter, but be sure to do that legally so it does not come back to bite you.

      • nikki says:

        Mia your suggestions are great – but how can one “legally do it” if one does not understand the law?

        does any one have suggestions my friend has one one installed, the property is rental (public) and it needs to be removed for safety reasons.

  14. Anonymous says:

    May I suggest a Template letter for people to use to send to the Energy Minister be made available on this site as some will not know what to “write” and will not want to proceed to Media efforts to have their meter removed.

    Keep up the fight, together we will make a difference

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