Truckee, California (just north of Lake Tahoe) is unique in that its utility company (Truckee Donner PUD) uses all three types of electrical meter systems: Analog, AMR and AMI (“smart” meters). During a recent visit, I made several short videos of each type of meter system to help you easily identify the type of electrical meter on your home. The final video below shows the new type of smart meter that the utility is installing. You can also find measuring equipment and possible solutions at the bottom of this article.
How Do You Know If You Have A Smart Meter
Smart electrical meters are becoming increasingly popular in many homes and businesses due to their advanced technology. However, some people are unaware of the dangers associated with these meters. Smart meters emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that can negatively impact our health in various ways. So, how do you know if you have a smart electrical meter?
Well, one way to identify if you have a smart meter is to check your energy bill or contact your electricity provider. Smart meters are equipped with wireless communication capabilities, allowing them to automatically transmit data to the electricity provider. Another way to check is to look for antennas or other wireless components around your meter. It’s crucial to monitor your EMF exposure and opt for safer alternatives such as non-wireless electrical meters and wired connections. Protecting yourself and your loved ones from the harmful effects of electrical pollution should be a top priority.
These meters have proven to be safe, effective and highly reliable for over a century. They have none of the health, safety, fire, security and privacy risks that AMR and AMI meters have. Note: In the following video I show how the analog meter is not emitting RF pulses nor has an FCC ID for transmitting RF. Yet, the utility states that all of their meters are read remotely (out of necessity because of the significant snowfalls in the Sierra). This type of analog “ERT” meter has a transceiver in it that “wakes up” when the utility truck drives by. By transmitting data only once per month, this is the safest option of all communicating electrical meters.
These meters only transmit one direction – typically to a utility truck that drives by once per month to collect your electrical usage data. This system is perhaps the dumbest because these meters are constantly emitting pulses of microwave radiation just so that a utility employee doesn’t have to get out of a truck once per month. Why not program the meters so they wake-up and only transmit when the truck drives by? None of the following AMR meters would be safe to have next to a bedroom or living space where you spend a lot of time.
Here are three different types of AMR meters used in Truckee:
AMI “Smart” Meters:
This technology is what we commonly refer to as “Smart Meters” because it allows for two-way communication. With this system, the utility can communicate remotely with your meter – to turn off your electricity or certain appliances, install software updates and collect your electrical usage data in real time. Throughout the United States, the current design of wireless “smart” meters have injured thousands of people, caused countless fires and introduced a level of surveillance and hacking risk that our society has never experienced. This recent article by an electrical engineer partly explains why so many people have been injured by smart meters – even by “opt-out” AMI meters with no RF antenna.
The above video is of a PG&E smart meter in California. The Silver Springs mesh network system utilizes constant RF pulses to synchronize the meters that have been highly damaging to people’s health. Fortunately, it appears that Truckee Donner PUD is implementing a different type of system by Aclara that utilizes much fewer pulses of microwave radiation. Here is a video from their AMI pilot project and confirms what a Truckee Donner PUD employee stated to me in that “they want to have the least amount of RF in their community possible.” The utility has also stated that they will not force the new meters on any of their customers.
K.T. Weaver of Smart Grid Awareness confirmed that the above Aclara Smart Meter system uses point-to-point communication every 15 minutes at a frequency of 460 MHz. Its antenna is also lower powered than most typical smart meters (0.5 Watt vs. 1 or 2 Watts). This means there is no mesh network (as most utilities use) and this system will create less RF within the community of Truckee than a typical AMI smart meter system. You can read the fact sheets on this Aclara AMI system here and here. At 460 MHz, the 15-minute pulses from the AMI meter in the above video would have been too low of a frequency to be registered by the Gigahertz Solutions RF meter, which has a range from 800 MHz to 2.7 GHz.
Additional Update (2020):
Truckee Donner PUD has begun installing an Itron AMI smart meter system. These meters appear to have the 2.4 GHz ZigBee antenna activated, which communicates with “smart” appliances throughout the home. These pulses are in addition to the RF pulses at 900 MHz that are used to send the electrical data back to the utility (through a mesh network). You can hear the ZigBee antenna pulses in the video below. The Truckee-Donner PUD is also offering an opt-out of their smart meter program for any resident that asks for this. After considerable pushback from the community, the board voted 5-0 to authorize the opt-out program.
For more information on the relative health and privacy risks of various electrical meter systems, I encourage you to read this report by Ron Powell. It ranks various meter systems that are currently used throughout the United States. Nothing beats the safety and privacy of an analog meter and, for the healthy of our society, this option must be available to everyone.
If you are interested in measuring microwave sources in your community, the RF meter I used in these videos is the Gigahertz Solutions HF35C. I now recommend the Safe and Sound Pro II. It picks up a wider frequency range and is more accurate than the HF35C.
If you live in a state that does not currently have an opt-out policy, I recommend that you work with your community to demand this. In the short term, you can partially shield your smart meter using a Smart Meter Guard and AL60 Wall Shield on the inside of wall as I discuss in #9 on this page.
Great videos. Very interesting. Cheers
Excellent job on giving us information on the various types of meters. I appreciate the service you are doing. Videos are very informative.
Thanks Jeromy, for your concern and letting us all share the info you have gathered!
Nice videos. Thanks. Good resource.
A few notes if you are interested:
To me, electronic utility metering is not just about radiation, it is equally about fire hazards and surveillance, three big and very separate issues. To focus on just one of those ignores the others and allows the conversation to be diverted to arcane technical points, causing other points to be ignored.
Electronic Utility Meter RF transmissions are not “like having a wifi router on your house”. Wifi is streaming RF, usually lower amplitude. Utility meter RF is pulsed, “high energy density” or “weaponized” radiation known to cause negative biological effects. This had to be done to penetrate the solid walls of the urban environment. Utility meter RF is far more harmful and dangerous that RF from any consumer device or appliance.
From the utility company perspective, the one and only purpose of “advanced” metering is data collection, high resolution surveillance on people’s personal living habits inside their homes. The only reason they emit RF is that it is the most efficient way to transfer the data to the utility company. The only reason they are fire hazards is that they have small circuitry for the collection, storage, processing and transmitting of the surveillance data and there is no way to insulate those electronics from the massive voltage surges on the power grid.
If people were to insist that their privacy be respected, make the surveillance the main issue, and insist that their privacy be protected, the rest of it would go away.
Ultimately, I think your are right. Privacy rights are the strongest legal argument for homeowners at this time.
The only solution for all three primary issues is an analog meter. Why utility companies are not willing to provide this for the minority of people who are wise enough to request this basic right is beyond belief.
They would solve their PR problem (which is only going to get bigger) with a no-questions-asked analog meter policy for those who ask. This is an inexpensive solution for all involved.
A few years back PG&E in SF told me I had to switch to a smart meter. I refused, and my only option was to keep the analog I had and pay them $10/month extra on top of my bill for the privilege of keeping my analog meter.
The good news Ali is that you only have to pay that fee for 3 years in California, then there is no charge. It’s still extortion, but that is where things stand for now.
Ali – One thing to remember is the $10 fee is charged for 3 years. The opt-out is free after that.
I also want to bring special attention to this article, which was written by an electrical engineer recently. He lays out several reasons why AMI meters are dangerous, even if they have a radio “opt-out” with no RF antenna.
The one thing he doesn’t touch upon is the conducted RF emissions from the smart meter antennas that are on the home wiring. Some engineers state this may be the primary health concern when it comes to smart meters because it turns the entire home into an antenna for the RF pulses.
I do that in a follow up report that I submitted to the MI house Energy Committee hearings in March 2017.
If you would would like that report let me know. I am creating a full report based on actual reading with a dual trace scope and a spectrum analyzer. We already have a report on the Landis+Gyr meters.
Yes, I would be quite interested in reading this.
Thanks for all your work on this issue.
I would appreciate this as well if it applies to the Focus meter.
Hi, my husband and I read the article and saw your blog. We were wondering if you could email that report because we are refusing a smart meter on our home and need all the information to put out against it before
our hearing. And if it hopefully works for us, others then would be helped. We would very much appreciate it.
That is fascinating. Never thought about the whole house becoming an antenna.
I just called our city and had them take the radio transmitter off our basement water meter! We now will text them an image of the meter once a month and they will monitor it that way. They kept telling me how minor the RF’s are, so glad I did it anyways. No stone left unturned.
I would not believe the utilities claim of one transmission every fifteen minutes. Utilities are notorious liars. I have caught utilities here in Arizona lying about the number of their transmissions (search youtube for Navopache Caught Lying, APS Caught Lying, and APS Caught Lying Again). The only way to know for sure if there is one transmission every fifteen minutes is to get a microwave analyzer that will receive the 460 MHs signal and then measure the meter.
Also, .5 of a watt is nothing to cheer. Elster “smart” meters have caused plenty of damage to people and they are powered by .25 of a watt.
Regarding house wiring becoming an antenna, search youtube for Nerve Disrupting Frequencies Radiating from “Smart” meters.
Thanks Warren. I appreciate your skepticism with all that we have experienced with the utilities so far with “smart” metering.
I will be measuring this system with a lower frequency RF meter when I am in Truckee again.
The meter manufacturer does note a 15-minute transmission cycle in their fact sheet, which does point to no mesh synchronization pulses taking place:
Furthermore, the Truckee utility company chose Aclara because they have a similar system to the utility’s AMI water meters. I have measured these water meters and they pulse approximately every 15-30 minutes.
Thanks for sharing this information. And thanks to Jerry for his information.
Josh del Sol
Major news — the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy has just published a special issue with fifteen NEW papers describing groundbreaking research by Turkish researchers on the effects of radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) on the developing and adult nervous system:
Within the abstracts of these papers, here are some of the following effects noted:
* Microwave EMFs activate voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs) concentrated in the brain.
* Animal studies show such low level MWV EMFs have diverse high impacts in the brain.
* Recent work has demonstrated that EMF inhibit the formation and differentiation of neural stem cells during embryonic development and also affect reproductive and neurological health of adults that have undergone prenatal exposure.
* [M]obile phones and similar equipment or radars can be thought as a factor, which cause oxidative stress.
* [I]ncreased oxidative DNA damage to brain after 10 days of exposure
* Tissue malondialdehyde and glutathione levels increased in the EMF group.
* Light microscopy revealed atrophy in the spinal cord in the EMF group.
* TEM revealed invagination into the axon in the EMF group.
* TEM revealed loss of myelin sheath integrity in the EMF group.
* Purkinje cell numbers were lower in the EMF group compared to the control and sham groups.
* Pyknotic neurons with dark cytoplasm were observed in the EMF group.
* [C]ellular phone radiation may increase the oxidative damage and NOx level during epileptic activity in mouse brain.
* [L]ong-term exposure to 2.4 GHz RF radiation (Wi-Fi) does not cause DNA damage of the organs investigated in this study EXCEPT TESTES. The results of this study indicated that testes are more sensitive organ to RF radiation. (emphasis mine)
* Exposure to the pulse modulated radio-frequency radiation could lead to increase in the permeability of blood–brain barrier.
* New researches are needed to discuss the effects of radio-frequency radiation on children.
* Efforts have to be made to understand the mechanisms of the interaction of radio-frequency radiation and the central nervous system.
* Fetal exposure to mobile phone radiation causes apoptosis and oxidative damage in brain.
* 2.45 GHz increased oxidative stress in brain and liver pregnant rats and their newborns
* Brain seems sensitive to oxidative injury in the development of newborns.
* * *
These test results are significant. The situation is serious. Let us reach toward the tipping point in awareness and hold accountable and liable those causing or allowing this to happen.
This needs to now be a mainstream issue, and we need to chart a better course for the future of our the human race.
Thank you Josh for sharing this!
You are doing excellent work! Thank you for all the information you have provided. I think we need to organize and get media involved in covering this story on a continual basis.
I am amazed at the number of people I know who are well educated and smart who dismiss the notion of EMF radiation having health consequences. The US population needs to be educated! Until there is significant protest and outrage to get utilities and telecommunications to start to factor in health and well being along with protecting the electrical grid and their revenue goals, nothing will change.
I am dealing with a number of health issues currently caused by EMF exposure. Once I start to get better and have greater capacity, I am interested in participating and sending out a plethora of ongoing, smart, well-written press releases in hopes that some brave newspaper editor or investigative reporter for radio or television will pick up this story and thoroughly investigate and report on it!!
Thanks, Jeromy, and to the others who added to the conversation as well. Much appreciated!
That was an awesome video by Warren Woodward demonstrating how smart meters affect your whole house. I know every city, town, province, and state has it’s own policy regarding smart meters but where I live (BC/Canada) there is no negotiating with the electric company. You have to have a smart meter and once you have it they will not exchange it. If you do it yourself they will shut off your power. So really there is no solution to this right?
There are always solutions to this. Many utilities have done the exact same thing and then thoughtful, persistent people helped them realize that allowing their customers to have an analog meter if they prefer is in the best interest of all parties. Five years ago the utilities in California were shutting off people’s power and forcing us to live with smart meters that were making many thousands of people sick. This backfired on the utilities. Now anyone in CA who chooses one can have an analog meter.
There is always a way.
But Jeromy, unless I am mistaken, those people in Cal. can only refuse at a price. In other words, they have to pay an extortion fee to their utility in order to avoid harm. Also, little good that does to someone in an apartment with 12, 24, or 50 or more SMs on the other side of their wall. Many people cannot afford a single family home. And even then, people in single family homes can get nailed by their neighbors’ SMs. Because of who I have become in AZ, I get the horror stories all the time. So yes, being able to refuse a SM, even at a price is probably better than nothing but the “smart” grid is still toxic and refusing at price is not the ultimate answer.
I agree with you, Warren. It is extortion. However, it is simply where we are at today. Until this issue boils over into mainstream public awareness, there is only so much that can be accomplished in the present political and economic climate where corporations control the government.
Give this a few more years – or perhaps a decade. Just like DDT, smoking and asbestos, public opinion and laws will eventually change. It’s in the DNA of forcing a toxic technology onto people’s homes. The final outcome has already been determined and it’s not pretty. It is unfortunate that such an important sector of our economy (electricity) has made such a bad bet and went all-in on this technology.
As for multi-unit buildings, they have become toxic for many reasons – including banks of smart meters next to bedrooms. A possibly bigger impact is the powerful WiFi systems that each apartment typically has. Just one of these routers (Xfinity or Uverse) could serve 10-20 of the apartments. Instead, there is one for every flat – plus all of the other wireless devices.
This is just part of a society that has become addicted to wireless. Living in a healthy home will become harder and perhaps impossible for low-income people unless they get lucky. I do believe this will eventually force the political change that will benefit society, but it may get worse before it gets better.
Keep up your great work in Arizona.
California is also more progressive than Canada. Several years ago I tried to get them to remove my meter and spend months emailing and on the phone with them. They absolutely refuse to acknowledge any health issues from them and will not do it. The people who removed them without permission had there power disconnected. There are not enough educated people up here to make this happen. Also the government is on the utilities side to back them up with Safety Code 6 jargon.
Jerry Day offers an affidavit letter template on his freedomtaker website, to demand the utility remove within 21 days or else homeowner will and replace with an analog (you can buy on his website). That’s what I would send if I were in Canada, and not give up…yes, still a gamble if the utility will continue in its criminal ways or not, but I will never stop addressing their criminal behavior.
Jerry also has a “conditional acceptance” idea, but you would have to edit to include that wording: ok, you can put that contraption on once you sign this document to give me insurance that you will pay for all damages. Look up his youtube video where he explains here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIELtYIsbD4
I live in Massachusetts. Recently I have been looking to move, and tested some meters while I was house hunting. I found all but one meter with an analog face still emitting frequent pulses, less than every minute at least. What are the type of meter that appears analog, with the 5 clocks, but are still transmitting? Thanks.
Although I have heard anecdotal reports of this, I have never run across an analog meter that pulses RF. If you could post some videos of what you found, that could help.
In order for any electrical Analog/AMR/AMI “smart” meter to legally pulse RF, there must be an FCC ID on the meter. This number will allow you to determine the antenna strength and frequency. If it does not have this ID number, it could be that your RF meter is picking up pulses from another source?
What if it looks like a smart meter but has no fcc #?
I’m curious – would working with a competent mental health counselor be a better use of time money and resources of those who believe that they are being harmed by smart meters?
If you are truly curious, then spend some time educating yourself on the decades of research showing that people are harmed by nnEMF (non-native electromagnetic fields):
To help in your research, here is one recent study that questions your nocebo theory:
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This is not a head thing. I have for years worked with my doctor to my anxiety issues to no success he has tried pills, meditative type of treatments and nothing worked. It was like my system could not settle down even though I was not having any issues to deal with and I was very happy other than this issue.
When someone runs their nails down a chalkboard it gives your system a really weird feeling of anxiousness that in a mild way how I felt at my home. Finally, this last year out of desperation I started trying EMF things and the more I added the less I felt.
After all my additions to curtail EMFs I am finally at peace in my own home.
This is not a mental issue. Egan, your thinking is from the dark ages.
Thanks for doing this important work! I live in Truckee and this spring TDPUD came out to replace my analog meter because it was “broken”. I expressed my concern, but they promised me that it was not a smart meter and said it would help them be able to read the meter from the truck, but that the smart meters would be rolled out soon. It looks most like the AMR meter you show in the first AMR video in this post. It does have an FCC ID. My question is if this AMR meter or the proposed Alcara Smart Meter emits more EMF? Can I just demand that Truckee Donner PUD replace this meter with another analog meter?
Thanks for writing. Glad you are paying attention to this.
From the info I have on the new Aclara system, they may actually emit less RF than the AMR meter you currently have. They say they will only emit RF every 15 min (see article above). However, many smart meter manufacturers state this and then they pulse every few seconds. I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens again here in Truckee.
We will only know by measuring. I encourage you to get the following RF meter because it will measure RF pulses and has a frequency range low enough to pick up the Aclara smart meter (it goes as low as 200 MHz).
You get a 10% discount with the code EMFA-10 at checkout.
If you do get this RF meter, go measure the Aclara system they are testing. It’s over on Alder Drive, off Hwy 89. The RF meter you see in the videos above is not able to pick up the lower frequency RF. I have not been up there with the new meters yet.
I would also do your best to demand that you have a truly analog meter on your home. We are doing that with the home we stay in Tahoe-Donner. However, TDPUD says that they use RF in all the analog meters (to read from the truck in the winter), but I have not yet confirmed this.
A true opt-out option should be available to Truckee residents, but we will have to demand it.
Finally, so that you are aware, I have another page about the smart meter situation in Truckee here:
Let me know what you find out and what questions you have.
Erica, I live in Truckee too. The TDPUD is not allowing opt-outs like the article says. They have given me until Feb 9th to accept the smart meter, go off-grid solar, or be without power as they will shut it off.
I have 2 electrically sensitive people in my household. I am trying to figure out what to do next. I have a Tri field meter and am planning on taking readings of my neighbors smart meters and compare them to my analog meter that I still have.
In talking to them they are insistent that I conform. Maybe we can team up and get more involved? My telephone number is 530-414-8146. Jeromy, when you get out to Truckee again let me know as I have a standard meter still for testing purposes. Any help on what to do would be helpful. I called the CPUC and they have no jurisdiction on the TDPUD which is ironic considering their name. Apparently they only deal with the big boys (private). They told me to talk to my town council. That is my next plan. I wrote a well thought out letter to the board of the TDPUD. I got a call from a gentleman there that is trying to convince me that they are the same as my analog meter (even safer). From all of my research this isn’t true. I’m gonna send him this article and notes from my readings and go from there.
Sorry to hear you are going through this. Truckee was slow to the smart meter bandwagon, but appear to be moving full steam ahead.
I talked with Lauren Schaake Hudson, who is an engineer and the head of Customer Service at TDPUD, multiple times the past five years. She knows that there are families in Truckee with electrically sensitive people that will not stand for a wireless smart meter on their homes. Here is her number and email:
I would talk with her directly and let her know that there are also families in Tahoe Donner who will be very upset and will be contacting her if there is not an official opt-out policy for families, as she has stated there would be.
Don’t waste your time with others at TDPUD. They are just doing as they are told by executives like Lauren and the Board of Directors.
The other thing to note is that your Tri-Field EMF meter is next to useless for RF. You want the “Safe and Sound” seen here:
Here I use it to measure a smart meter in Truckee this summer. The RF pulses seen here are for the home ZigBee network (for the “smart home”). The RF pulses communicating back to TDPUD have not been activated on this meter yet:
Here I used this meter to measure a smart meter in South Dakota:
Hope this helps. Keep us posted on your progress. Others are quiet interested in this. The EMF topic is actually quite well know by residents of Truckee. Here is another local resource for you:
In my case my electricity company was snakie enough to install the smart meters without consent. A month later my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and her leukemia is not genetic but we don’t have enough evidence to prove it was the meter. I absolutely believe it was because the meter is outside bedroom wall.
I live in NJ.
The electric gas company here is PSEG,
I have no idea when they changed all meters to smart.
Now this clump of smart meters are right outside my bedroom which is frustrating.
They recently sent out a notice that they want to change gas meters as well.
When I called PSEG, they threatened to cut off electricity.
Guess I have no choice since there are no utility companies here.
What is the best way to go around this?
Where and how can I buy a measurement device that measures the radiation inside and outside my bedroom?
I would appreciate some help here.
Also read this post on smart meters:
For devices that measure the RF of smart meters, I would get either of these. You get a 10% discount with the code EMFA-10 at checkout:
Send me an email if you need help with all of this.
The same is happening here in south Jersey.
We still have our analog meters (analog gas meter and analog electric meter) and we would like to keep them.
PSEG turned off our gas last week because we didn’t change out our gas meter. Are Non-ERT meters the same as Smart Meters? I’m so confused and stressed out over this situation.
Thank you for this information. Pacific Power is currently in process of changing out the analog meters for smart meters. They claim their smart meters only emit RF radiation 1x every 15 mins. I noticed you found a smart meter in the video that claims it does the same. Do you have any knowledge if Pacific Power is using the same type of meter you show in your last video? It seems to be a safer option, and I am hopeful that they are giving me accurate information before they install these in our neighborhood.
In general, the utility companies don’t know what their smart meter systems are actually doing. They are just going by what their manufacturer tells them, so it it is often ignorance, rather than flat-out lying. No one wants to admit their systems are constantly pulsing RF into homes, even though most of them are indeed pulsing every 10-20 seconds.
The only way you will know for sure is by testing yourself and then bringing it to the utility and your local media’s attention. I would get either the Acousticom 2 or Acoustimeter AM-10 seen on this page to test for yourself.
Let me know what you find.
Debra S Kuhl
When I received a letter from NIPSCO stating they were changing my meter from analog to digital I wrote them a letter stating I wanted to opt out and pay $15 more a month as noted on their web site. I also called them several times and verbally told them. They changed it out anyway. I am experiencing tinnitus right now. I go to bed with it and wake up to it and have to leave my house to get rid of it. I also experience nose bleeds, horrible migraines and extreme anxiety and I quit dreaming because I never sleep all night long I wake up every couple hours. NIPSCO is saying I am stuck with it and nothing they can do. My letter to them disappeared and all of the notes where I called them have disappeared. My $150,000 home that I should be able to feel safe in, is now becoming the death of me. It is an Itron meter and NIPSCO is denying it is a smart meter. What can I do?
If the Indiana Utility Commission has approved an opt-out, then your utility is breaking the law. I would write a letter to all the commissioners on the Utility Board and send certified, return receipt explaining your situation. Do not mention health effects. Simply state that you do not want a transmitting meter on your property and the your utility is denying you the legal option of a self-read analog meter.
It does appear they have AMR meters, not smart AMI meters:
There are usually less health problems with AMR meters, unless they are right next to where you spend a lot of time or sleep.
If you can upload a video with your RF meter showing the pulses (like I have for all the electrical meters above), then I can help more. Please share the YouTube link here in the comments.
Excel Energy in northern Colorado continues to deny citizens the option to opt out. They absolutely refuse. I write them yearly and they refuse to acknowledge any proven dangers, they refuse to acknowledge receipt of any new information, they refuse to recognize any and all requests for opt outs.
Seeking help in CO to force Excel Energy to offer digital meter opt outs. We’d pay for that, as offensive as it is, we’d pay. They do not even offer an opt out.
Colorado bureaucrats are trying to force all homes to have some sort of solar system in order to sell in the real estate market. That move will force smart meters onto every home in Colorado eventually.
I have a Centron C1S meter – the numbers are CL200 240v 3W type C1S 30TA 1.0kh. I have started researching all this only yesterday and have become very confused. I went onto Centrons website and it looks that I have the model that you can add personality modules. There is no FCC ID. Can you explain what it is that I have? My utilities company said it isn’t a smart meter and that someone came out to look at it a few weeks ago but wasn’t clear if they actually got out of their car or not. I’m trying to figure out if this meter is emitting RF signals or if it isn’t and what health hazards it might have. Would a smart guard faraday cage be beneficial for it? Any information is very much appreciated. Thank you!
Additional question: The Aclara is on a house we were going to purchase, which I know your video said is an actual smart meter – is that better or worse than the one I have on my current house?
Thanks for writing.
Typically, if there is no FCC ID, then there is no RF. It could be a PLC type smart meter system though. See #6 here:
You will only really know what an electrical meter is emitting by testing. See these about EMF meters:
How to Use Your EMF Meters: https://youtu.be/_aVINxa2ERA
Why inexpensive EMF meters don’t work: https://youtu.be/TFcl05hkVkE
Get the Safe and Sound Classic as a start for RF. It’s great for the price. You get a 5% discount with my code: EMFA
It’s bigger brother, the Safe and Sound Pro II, is probably the best consumer RF meter on the market. You get a 5% discount with my code: EMFA
Let me know what you find.
Hi Jeromy, thank you for all of this information! I read #6 in the link you sent about PLC meters – assuming for arguments sake that this is that type of meter then would a Smart Guard Cover (faraday cage?) help? Or are those only for RF?
Thanks for writing.
Indeed, a guard is only for the RF side of things (but has its issues too). PLC systems send the data on the neutral wire. There is really very little you can do reduce that.
Hope this helps!
Hi Jeromy, apologies if I’m posting this reply twice, my reply to your last message isn’t showing up so I’m re-doing it!
Thank you for all of this info!
If I did in fact have a PLC meter would a “Smart Guard Cover” (faraday cage?) be beneficial?
Regarding the meters you sent, I’m new to all of this and will continue my research but I saw there are “EMI/dirty electricity” meters and “RF meters” are they both different and should I get both?
Regarding the meters, I would first watch this for a few minutes:
Then read/watch these:
How to Use Your EMF Meters: https://youtu.be/_aVINxa2ERA
Why inexpensive EMF meters don’t work: https://youtu.be/TFcl05hkVkE
Keep in touch with questions,