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THE "SMART METER" ISSUE ONCE AGAIN - WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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1/16/2013 2:44:59 PM
Follow up on AnneReply: MayorShinn
The smart meter saves us because the solar is producing during the "peak" hours. The production almost totally offsets the usage during the day, and we are in the house during the day. We have Time of Use (TOU) set up which has only 2 tiers along with "peak" and "off peak" hours. Our bills are significantly lower.
1/16/2013 11:41:24 AM
Peak HoursReply: Anne
True, there is a higher rate for peak hours - which are actually during the day. We had very high charges until we put in solar a year ago - now we can monitor exactly how much is used & what we are being charged. In the summer I do laundry after 6pm & before 10 am on weekdays, but anytime on weekends or holidays. So working people are not penalized. It is a hassle at times, but we are saving hundreds of dollars a year or more.
My husband checks our electricity usage on the computer & can tell when it is of little difference what time we use appliances & when we need to adjust. Each solar panel is independent & can be checked on the computer, also. The solar has not yet paid for itself - and we may not be here to see it, because we are moving this summer, but it has really been a positive investment. The next owner will benefit from it & it adds to the home's value. As to the Smart Meter, well, this is a high-tech society we live in. There are places where these things do not exist; we have to pick our battles & go where we will be happy & free - wherever that may be. I guess for us it will be Texas. ;)  - yes, they probably have smart meters there...
1/16/2013 10:22:43 AM
Smart Meters- means more moneyReply: Paula Vice
I opted out of the smart meter. I have two meters on my properties.
Paid the $100 each and the $10 a month for each one after that.
Even after all of that, with having the stickers that they placed on them stating I have opted out.  They still sent someone out and tried to say I could only do that on one of the meters that someone made a mistake at the office. 
That was months and months ago, pretty much told them too bad, so sad.
Your mistake not mine, I paid your fees followed your rules and you don't get to change them in the middle of the game.
Pretty much ended it, I am sure they may try to still do something.
It's all about money, you are already on a tier system which I consider that an illegal price high without voter approval.
They want more, they want to charge you even more for your electric for the prime time hours of the day. You know when it is really hot and you have to run your air conditioner. They can't do that without a smart meter. Not guessing here, I have talked with the meter readers.
They only know how much I use for the whole month when the meter is read.
They do not know how much I use during the peak hours, so they can't charge me more.
Remember everything is about money, money and more money.
I hope there are no health issues, I do have a smart meter on my place in the mountains.
They just came onto my property without my permission when I was not there and replaced my meter with their smart meter.
So we are monitoring it for now. Just thought I would share, for some smart meters are not an issue at all. I do know there are many important things to worry about in our world.
All we can do it try to fix them one by one.
1/16/2013 8:32:06 AM
Smart MetersReply: Sandy
I think the main concern on the Smart Meters is that the electric company could eventually start penalizing you by charging more for electricity used during what they call 'peak hours'!  Many people are retired and home all day and many people work nights and can only do their laundry or whatever during peak hours.
1/16/2013 8:23:57 AM
smart metersReply: rick
just wanted to enlighten everyone a little about the smart meters. i'm an electrical contractor and this is what i know. you are able to opt out of the smart meter but it's easier if you do it before they put it on. they can't tell how much electric you are using per appliance or device. they can tell how much electric you are using at any given moment of the day and you can do the same by setting up an account that allows you to monitor it yourself if you want to on your computer. they can turn off your power from their office without sending anyone to your house. the main point of them installing them was to eliminate the meter reader and for disconnect reasons. personally i do not like them myself because as a electrican i can't tell if the meter is running accurately.
1/15/2013 8:05:10 PM
Smart MetersReply: Anne
I believe the issue with many people is a health issue, not a political one.

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=872

We have a Smart Meter, and a microwave, and a cellphone...but I do understand why some do not like them. Anyway, just mentioning it, FWIW. :) 
1/15/2013 1:10:03 PM
SEC Smart MeterReply: Hugh
What exactly is it I'm supposed to be afraid of with the "smart meter?"

Some have said they'll be able to know how much I use my microwave or other electrical devices, which I truly doubt (it's bull crap). But, even if they could, who cares?

The fear every American should be concerned about has to do with Obama and what he will do next to complete his destruction of our country and its Constitution.

You need something to "rag" about? Then deal with real issues we face as Americans. Concern about 'smart meters' is, shall we say, quite little.
1/15/2013 12:55:05 PM
Smart Meter - PleaseReply: Hugh
There are things we should fear more than the "smart meter" - I don't buy into this stuff more than I do/did Al Gore's Global Warming fraud. In fact, Gore has recently shown the world what he truly is - a money monger at America's expense - when he sold out his 'little' TV thing to our enemies.

The real threat to America is not the "smart" meter - it's the current Administration. IMO the YouTube thing is a really, really big joke at best.

Beware of those that us the RAGLM tag in their email address. Only (name)@RAGLAM.org represent board members.
1/14/2013 10:34:21 PM
keep or swap meterReply: Roy
I found this from SCE:  http://www.sce.com/info/smartconnect/facts/opt-out.htm

Looks like SCE is giving us a choice to have a regular meter, if you are willing to pay the extra $10 to have it read each month.
7/23/2012 3:01:52 PM
smart meter funReply: Roy
Well, sigh, I guess if they won't respect our wishes, they should not expect our cooperation.  My take on the situation is that it is difficult to keep one off a home, and even more difficult to get it removed.  Why not just disable it?  A Faraday shield can keep Radio waves out, or in.  It's as simple as wrapping that meter in tin foil and using a piece of wire with an alligator clip to ground it to a water pipe.  Of course you can make a prettier one, the patina sheet metal of copper is elegant.  ;)
7/21/2012 1:06:11 PM
The "Smart Meter" Issue Once Again - What Do You Think?Post: Cindy Ferry
I'm open, open, open to any input anyone may have on this issue.
 

Cindy Ferry
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