WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT SMART METERS

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT SMART METERS

1.       DOCUMENT the problems as much as you are able to do so. Describe what has been happening since the installation of the smart meter(s). Documentation may be written records with dates, photos, video, related to the problems (medical, appliances, etc.).

2.       FILE COMPLAINTS – WHETHER YOU DO OR DON'T HAVE A SMART METER

File complaints and keep copies:

·         File a written complaint with your state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC). Ask for restoration of your analog meter if you have a smart meter.

o   Use this list to find your state PUC:

§  http://www.publicpower.org/aboutappa/index.cfm?ItemNumber=10545

·         File a written complaint with your local utility, city/town/county.  (Also, note: They have a franchise agreement with the utility that should have a health and safety clause in it. Obtain it for your use.)

·         File written complaints with your state and federal elected officials, INCLUDING President Obama and your local and state health departments.

3.       SHARE YOUR COMPLAINT

Join American Coalition Against Smart Meters (ACASM) on Facebook – www.causes.com/acasm.  Notify ACASM briefly, that you have filed the complaints, by posting this to the ACASM page. Be sure to state your city and state, a brief summary of the complaint, and the agencies/companies which the complaint was filed with. If you do not have a FB account, consider getting one, to help you network on this topic.

4.       NETWORK

Network with others who are concerned in your state via American Coalition Against Smart Meters  (ACASM) www.causes.com/acasm and EMF Safety Network – www.emfsafetynetwork.org.

Note: If you live in Southern CA, you can also join Southern Californians Against Smart Meters

http://www.causes.com/causes/610453-southern-californians-against-smart-meters-scasm.

5.       SHARE INFO / EDUCATE OTHERS

Inform your neighbors and citizens of your city/town. Download information such as fliers, speaker’s packet, and a letter from a prominent scientist to help you do so at http://www.scribd.com/collections/3023557/Smart-Meter-Collection

6.       LOCK YOUR OLD ANALOG METERS UP

If you don’t have a smart meter yet, consider locking up your analog meter(s) so you can’t have a smart meter installed. Asking not to isn’t enough, though there are signs and more at http://refusesmartmeters.com/.

Along with posting a “DO NOT INSTALL SMART METER HERE” sign, some people make sure that they won’t get a smart meter by using a heavy case-hardened steel chain and lock on their analog, others fence their analogs in with a locking gate. Since every month brings us closer to opting out of smart meters due to health issues and more, it may be helpful to hang onto the analog meter as long as possible. You will find that your utility will not like this, but tell them why you are doing so, if asked. We have heard of threats, but no follow-through, in cutting people’s utilities for refusing a smart meter.

Note: New appliances like dishwashers, dryers, and washing machines may come "smart-meter ready", complete with a mini-transmitter that sends usage info to your smart meter, complete with radiation. Don't turn your home into an irradiated, dangerous place to live! Refuse to buy smart appliances (do your homework, they may not be marked as such).

Read more at How to Avoid a Smart Meter 101

7.       HAVE A METER?

If you do have a meter, consider staying far away from it and your neighbors’ meters (20 feet) and consider shielding (seen elsewhere on this Q &A). Work to get an opt-out program or ban on smart meters in your town/city/region/state.

8.       JOIN THE GROUPS MENTIONED ABOVE in #4 AND NETWORK WITH OTHERS. LEARN ALL YOU CAN AND ADVOCATE FOR THE END OF SMART METERS IN AMERICA.

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