WARNING: BE PROACTIVE TO AVOID 50,000 MICROWATTS OF EMF ‘SMART/DIGITAL METER’ MISERY COMING YOUR WAY
AGL, a large Australian electricity retailer, is about to attempt to rollout another mandatory SMART METER rollout in Qld, NSW and SA, even after the abysmal failure of the Victorian rollout. They are so sheepish about it they won’t even refer to the Active Stream meters as ‘smart meters’. They are now calling them ‘digital meters’ to avoid the stigma associated with the disastrous Victorian rollout.
And they are cunning enough to say it is not mandatory with the following excerpt from the AGL Faqs page
Q Can I choose not to get a new meter? And how?
While we think you could benefit from a new digital meter being installed, the choice is yours and you can choose not to.
Q Is this a mandatory roll out of digital meters?
No. The choice to have a new digital meter installed is entirely yours.
And yet, AGL does not tell you that you have to actively say no in the legal form of a notice letter sent to both AGL the retailer and Energex the distributor. You also have to clearly display this Notice letter near the securely locked meter box.
Unfortunately for consumers, there is a legal argument that by accepting electricity from your provider, there is ‘IMPLIED CONSENT’. You don’t believe me? Read on from the AGL page…
Q What if I’m not home – will the installation still go ahead?
If there is clear access to your meter box, the meter installation will go ahead without you being home.
Q I rent my property and not sure if my landlord wants the digital meter installed?
We do not need permission from the landlord in order to install a digital meter. We can exchange the meter irrespective of whether you are a renter or not.
Q Can I change back to an older style meter if I don’t like the digital meter?
Unfortunately not. Meters cannot be changed after they have been replaced by a digital meter.
So, if you have even the slightest worry about the 50,000 microwatts of non-ionising electro-magnetic frequency radiation – in the form of data radio signals – pouring out of smart meters in regular intervals all day and night in the close proximity of your home, you must act now to stop the installation in your house, office or school. And you must pass this information on to all your loved ones and acquaintances residing in Qld, NSW and SA, as a matter of urgency.
Here are the 11 steps:
Confirm the address of both your retailer and distributor from your bill or website (via the electricity distributor look-up tool). For instance, my retailer is AGL and my distributor is Energex (Energex sells wholesale electricity to AGL)
Write a Notice letter – see my sample in the next blog – and post, by registered post, to both companies, ensuring you get a confirmation reply
Lock up your analogue meter box with a good lock, one that can’t be cut with bolt-cutters
Make the meter data (which belongs to the electricity distributor) accessible to be read
Display a sticker – see the 2 samples
Display a copy of your Notice in a secure weather-proof way
Be wary that it might be called an ‘upgrade’ aka digital/smart meter installation
Stay calm if the electricity meter installer harasses you
Point out that YOU, as the legal occupant, own the meter box itself (renter or landholder) and have taken appropriate legal steps to protect it
Point out that the meter installer is liable for WILFUL AVOIDANCE if he/she continues to attempt to install the ‘digital/smart’ meter against your wishes
You have a common law right to protect your property – the meter box – from trespass. You have the right to resist having your possessions modified, devalued or damaged without consent.
Just to confirm who owns what:
THE ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTOR (e.g. Energex) owns the electricity provided by the retailer (AGL).
THE ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTOR also owns the meter itself and the meter data
THE LEGAL OCCUPANT (RENTER OR LANDHOLDER) owns everything else i.e. the wiring, the fuse panel, the metal box and the underlying building structure
If all that makes you feel nervous, compare it to the doubt of having the smart meter there forever more, especially in the light of recent programs like ABC’s Catalyst, highlighting the dangers of Wi-Fi in the form of mobile phones, cordless phones and wireless routers.
In this atmosphere of world-wide doubt and questioning of wireless radiation and its harmful health effects, the electrical companies should not be accelerating their digital smart meter rollout in this underhand way to maximise their profits while they think they still can!