How YOU Can Stop ‘Smart’ Meters

SmartMeters are really StupidMeters.  Why?  Because they overcharge you, broadcast your personal info and detailed energy use habits, emit electromagnetic radiation that can cause cancer, damage your DNA,  and harm wildlife, catch fire, and disable your shock prevention devices.   Need any more reasons?   Go to our Why Stop Smart Meters page.

Now, what can YOU do to stop them?  So glad you asked!  (For info on the opposition outside of California click here.)

1.  Call Austin- PG&Eʼs smart meter representative- at 707-577-7097, and tell him that you don’t want a smart meter installed.  If you already have one, demand that it be removed.  If necessary obtain a doctor’s note and also send this to the CPUC. They have been telling people that they have no choice, but don’t let them bully you into believing this. Demand that she put you on the “defer” list of people who will not get smart meters on the first time around.  Alternately, call PG&E at 1-866-743-0263 toll free.

2. Download a “DO NOT INSTALL SMART METER HERE!” sign and post it on both your electric and your gas meter – otherwise youʼll get your danger meters soon!  Find other useful resources at The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

3. Write the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), 505 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102, or call them at 866-849-8390. Tell them that you oppose the installation of smart meters on your home or business because of health concerns, and insist that they enforce the “opt-out” option for individuals, cities, and counties.  If you have a smart meter and have been suffering health impacts, TELL THE CPUC!

4.   Warn your neighbors that smart meters are coming and pass out leaflets and “Do Not Install”signs.  If Wellington Energy comes around to install, ask them to leave and if they don’t comply call the police and report a trespasser.  You have a right to a radiation free home!

5.  Start a blockade protest at your local Wellington yard. In Santa Cruz County, our protests were successful at stopping countywide installation for almost a week, before they abandoned their yard and moved to a secret location.  PG&E doesn’t want the publicity that arrests would cause so you shouldn’t have to worry about going to jail!  Anyway, what’s worse- an hour in a cell or a lifetime of forced radiation in your home?

6.   Demand that your city/ county pass an ordinance banning ‘smart’ meters Nearly 30 local governments throughout California have demanded a halt  to smart meter installation, and more are considering taking action.   Those in red below have gone further and passed local ordinances banning the devices entirely.   Local governments that have demanded a halt to the mandatory wireless ‘smart’ meter program include the City and County of San Francisco, Santa Cruz County, Mendocino County, Humboldt County and Marin County, the cities of Arcata, Mill Valley, Sebastopol, Berkeley, San Rafael, Cotati, Fairfax, Santa Cruz, Piedmont, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Watsonville, Sausalito, San Anselmo, Belvedere, Monte Sereno, Novato, Piedmont, Morro Bay, Richmond, Ross, Bolinas, Camp Meeker, and Rio Dell. Please let us know if your local govt has taken action and is not yet on this list.

7. Contact your elected officials and demand protection from wireless radiation and excessive greenhouse gas emissions! Contact info can be found by clicking here.

8. Volunteer with Stop Smart Meters! Contact us at info[at]smartmeters[dot]org if you want to volunteer or get more involved.  This is a grassroots effort, and we could use all the help we can get to carry on fighting for your health and safety.  Stop the onslaught- get involved today!

9. Donate to our ongoing campaign Donations are gratefully accepted and will contribute to our work to put a halt to the ‘smart’ meter program.  Please make checks out to Joshua Hart and send to: P.O. Box 66165 Scotts Valley, CA 95067

10.   Inform your local government about the rights it has over the utility- the following was just sent to us by former 7 time Mayor of Fairfax Frank Egger:

The law is on our side and its time to give PG&E the facts:
*  California cities (480) and counties (58) have the right to protect the health, safety and welfare of their residents, period. PG&E touts this pre-emption line but cities and counties are legal jurisdictions with constitutional rights.
*  Every city and county has an approved Franchise Agreement with PG&E. Fairfax’s first franchise agreement with PG&E allowing them to operate in Town was 1938 and it was amended in 1954. Check with your city or county and ask for a copy of their PG&E Franchise Agreement. This is just one of supporting documents that gives your city or county some control over PG&E separate from the California Public Utilities Commission.
*  If your city or county has a Telecommunications Ordinance that governs antennae and either wireless or wired transmitters in your community, they have another legal means of authority over PG&E.

58 Responses to How YOU Can Stop ‘Smart’ Meters

  1. Carleton Hoffman says:

    i have been spending if not wasting all day on the phone and computer trying to find out what i can do about the water department’s new automated meters.
    i would like to hear from anyone as soon as possible about any organized resistance to these or with advice about what i can do to prevent one from being installed at our home. the project manager just told me there is no opt out.

  2. Michelle says:

    Hi, how do I find where to protest in Arizona? I just called my local utility company and they ARE installing these meters in my area (they’ve already started but I don’t know if I have one yet–what do they look like, how can I tell?). When I called, I was told that there is no opting out, but then asked if there is a reason why I don’t want one: I replied that I am EMF sensitive and can’t be around wifi, etc., that they emit radiation like cell phone towers, and that I will get migraines (I believe this to be true because I am Disabled from MCS/chemical sensitivity (I get migraines from common chemicals like fragrances) and I already have mild EMF sensitivity wherein I get headaches from cell phones and computer wifi). With my already-compromised health, I believe I am extremely susceptible to getting sick from these meters. I am awaiting a call back from the head meter guy…

  3. Michelle says:

    I want to now add the answer to my question above, that applies to ALL states: If you want to know more about the type of meters in your area, or protest installation of smart meters in your area, contact your state’s utility commission. Steps 6 & 7 above also apply: you can get your city to pass an ordinance against smart meters, and you can contact your elected officials.

  4. jeannette l. langstaff says:

    I am in opposition to smart meters after learning their negative health impacts. Why should P.G. & E.
    be forcing this on us with all the serious and criminal problems they now have. They need to be stopped
    with this now and made to concentrate on their repairs and investigations. Thank you for this outstanding
    website with valuable information. Please let me know what I can do to protect myself and our environment
    from these smart meters.

  5. jeannette l. langstaff says:

    I sent my comment but left off my town and county. Please include with my prior comment.
    Hollister, San Benito County is my residence. It feels as if mine is the only concern for this
    vital matter, opposing smart meters, here. It gives me assurance to see what you are all doing
    for the welfare of others against the greed and materialism of P.G. & E. and other corportations
    like them! Jeannette Langstaff,

  6. joe smith says:

    Question, My property is fenced and gated. They have been leaving me notes and trying to get in to install a smart meter with no luck. What can the ultimatly do to me for not allowing them acces to the meter?

    • onthelevelblog says:

      Deny them entry Joe. It is your property and PG&E has no right to install something on your home you don’t want there. Organize and get your neighbors to resist as well. If it comes down to it, call the sheriff and report a trespasser.

    • Ibsen says:


      How do they read your meter currently? If they can’t get onto your property then are they having you do the reading?

      • joe says:

        they can see it to read by looking through my locked iron gate.but they cannot get to it to change unless i unlock the gate.If they climb over my gate my dogs will eat them!

    • Commander bunny says:

      The utility companies have an easement clause, They can virtually waltz through Your property, as you have a peice of Their gear on Your house.
      Wellington Energy does’nt, and can be told to take a hike.

      • onthelevelblog says:

        The utilities have an easement specifically to read your meter. Their easement does not include the right to install radiating equipment that is damaging to your health and quality of life. Keep them all off your property!!

  7. Ilene says:


  8. Ibsen says:


    I have a question, if PG&E is locked out from getting onto my property to read the meter (old style), what is the procedure for them to get meter readings? I have scoured the PG&E website for this info, but to no avail. But surely someone must be doing this currently (I hope)? Is there a process whereby I can read the meter and submit the numbers to them? I would appreciate any help you (or your readers) could provide.


    • onthelevelblog says:

      Not sure. I believe PG&E has an easement to check your old meter. However they have no legal basis to install a new ‘smart’ meter. Other readers may have an answer.

  9. joe says:

    !m sure pge has some recorse some how, but I am not going to make special arrangements for them to access my property until they force me, if they can!

  10. joe says:

    Update: they sent me a letter politely asking me to call them to make a appot. today. No threats yet. But I will bet they will be threating me soon. I will keep ypu all posted as this un folds.

    • ibsen says:

      I got one of those letters too Joe.

      • merry says:

        My understanding is that if you won’t allow them access, they will eventually cut you off from service. I’m not sure that’s lawful, if you’ve paid your bill on time, as per your agreement with them, but that’s what I’ve been told. I don’t want them controlling my appliances or any part of my life.

  11. Smart meters have no environmental benefit. The entire enviro-racketeering energy global warming scam was cooked up by oil and gas investors in the first place. The real reason there is more CO2 is that the sun has heated seawater which reduces the solubility of the gas just like warm beer. Lest you think I don’t care about the planet, you should know that we’ve been doing native plant restoration on our property for over twenty years.
    Those of you who fell for the siren song of the left have yet to learn that it was global corporations writing the tune for you, laundering their money through tax-exempt foundations that then fund their activist dupes with grant money. You do know that the meters are being mandated by the Federal Government in a State power market where they have no jurisdiction and that President Obama signed that unconstitutional law as part of the “Economic Recovery” Act, don’t you???
    If you can’t explain why things work that way, I can.
    In California, the power market has been heavily manipulated by said investors for twenty-five years, particularly in the form of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Today, John Bryson, once founder of the NRDC, is president and CEO of Edison International. If you “environmentalists” out there can’t explain why a greenie lawyer is running a power company, I can.
    Our family has paid our bill on time for decades. If smart meters were being offered in a truly free market, which a choice of suppliers, independent verification of accuracy, and true liability for billing errors, I would have few concerns. There are far more serious sources of RF from the computer on which I’m typing. I would love to take advantage of time-of-day pricing from an ethical supplier. But in this fascist State, with politicians on both left and right deep in the corporate pocket, with bureaucrats hand-in-hand with suppliers simultaneously manipulating supposed “consumer advocates,” there is no way I want somebody with a keyboard hundreds of miles away having the power to cut the electricity, especially when they can’t even maintain their rights of way so as not to cause catastrophic fire.

  12. joe says:

    10-27-2010 Still no smart Meter.

  13. Trisha says:

    I just recently made an appointment for them to come, as I did not want surprises with my pge going off which can cause harm to things plugged in, like a gray-out can do damage. Today, I received this e-mail, and I called to cancel the appointment, telling her I don’t want wireless radiation as I am a cancer surviver. She said it is mandatory. Then I asked, “are you saying you will force this on me?”

    She gave me the number for Wellington to call them, and I made a sign I will attach in case they don’t get the message that I do not want this Smart Meter installed.

    If necessary, I will go to the doctor to get a note that I am a cancer surviver and don’t need extra radiation that can cause cancer. Also, I will call the numbers above tomorrow during normal business hours.

    • merry says:

      We shouldn’t have to go to the doctor, and incur an additional expense, in order to obtain an note to present to a utility company who is only supposed to supply us with electricity and gas!!! It’s our property….not theirs, and we have the right to tell them NO!!!!

  14. joe says:

    trisha, If they install it and god forbid you have a reoccurance, I can only imagine the liability on wellingtons part. Keep us posted.

  15. joe says:

    oh, still no smart meter and the phone calls and notes have stoped.

  16. Trisha says:

    Thanks Joe. I called to cancel the appointment for Wellington to come here Wednesday morning, stating why. They down-played it saying these are very low frequency emmissions. Then I said, “if it is so low, then why have so many cities and counties like Watsonville, City and County of Santa Cruz, Fairfax, City and County of San Francisco, Marin County, Sebastopol, Berkeley, Cotati, Piedmont, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Sausalito, Novato, Richmond, Ross, Bolinas, and Camp Meaker all decided to reject Smart Meters? ”

    He said, it is in litigation, or something to that effect. I said I am not willing to take a chance, so he said he would not instal and PGE would be calling me to explain more about Electro Magnetic Fields; etc. In todays PGE bill that just arrived is an explaination of EMF with ways to reduce emmissions. I guess a lot of people are calling them. I also called the Public Utilities Commission to state my opposition to Smart Meters using the same concerns.

  17. ddigretto says:

    People, if you don’t want smartmeters, keep them from being installed in your own house. I want my Smartmeter and I don’t want any of you keeping me from being able to look at my bar graphs on the Internet.

    Those of you who’ve had health complaints after having a Smartmeter installed might want to take a look at the fact that all the other EM-emitting devices in your house emit more energy, total, than a smartmeter. Unless you don’t have a cell phone, a wireless router, a microwave, a cordless phone, a baby monitor, or a computer with wifi or bluetooth, you should think about the fact that you may be blaming your health concerns on the easiest (corporate) target.

    I know that PG&E has pulled some underhanded crap in the past (Prop 16, anyone?), but I want to see evidence that Smartmeters actually cause health problems before I stop wanting mine.

    From Wikipedia, on electrosensitivity:

    In 2005, a systematic review looked at the results of 31 experiments testing the role of electromagnetic fields in causing ES. Each of these experiments exposed people who reported electromagnetic hypersensitivity to genuine and sham electromagnetic fields under single- or double-blind conditions.

    “The symptoms described by ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ sufferers can be severe and are sometimes disabling. However, it has proved difficult to show under blind conditions that exposure to electromagnetic fields can trigger these symptoms. This suggests that ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ is unrelated to the presence of electromagnetic fields, although more research into this phenomenon is required.”

    Seven studies were found which did report an association, while 24 could not find any association with electromagnetic fields. However, of the seven positive studies, two could not be replicated even by the original authors, three had serious methodological shortcomings, and the final two presented contradictory results. Since then, several more double-blind experiments have been published, each of which has suggested that people who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to detect the presence of electromagnetic fields and are as likely to report ill health following a sham exposure, as they are following exposure to genuine electromagnetic fields.

    Don’t try to handwave this away by saying that anyone can edit Wikipedia. Each of these passages are well-cited.

    I suggest that anyone experiencing health problems that they think are related to a Smartmeter see a doctor to find out what’s really causing them.

    • onthelevelblog says:

      Electrical sensitivity is real and it is happening now. From the Journal of European Oncology published last month- a double blind experiment that showed that heart rates shot up when exposed to wireless radiation from a cordless phone base station. Hard to argue with this:

    • Bonnie says:

      Regarding smart meters and their potential health risks…they obviously do affect all people and if you have a wireless phone, baby monitor, use a cell phone, sit at a computer, etc., does this justify adding more to the soup of EMF’s by now having an EMF grid outside our homes covering our cities,communites and country nationwide?
      Human beings sometimes can be so narcisstic about wanting to meet their creature comforts and making money that they seldom take into account
      how this EMF grid might affect not only our health and well being but that of nature: plants, birds, bees, etc. which in the end comes back to us as it affects the quality and supply of our food.
      When I was a child cancer was rare! That was just 60 years ago. It was not the epidemic that we face today. The state of our health as a nation is giving us feedback but are we willing to listen and make wiser decisions?

      I am all for advanced technologies once they have been proven safe. This is not the case with PG & E’s “smart” meter. The drive behind the smart meters first and foremost is Profits & efficiency not safety or concerns for customers’ well being.
      At a hearing where I and 5 other citizens stood up in protest to smart meters being installed in Emeryville, Calif. there were 8 PG&E reps there to address and promote the safety of these meters. They used the same rationale that the smart meter is no more dangerous than a cell phone. But you have a choice to expose yourself to a cell phone or a computer. This program offers no choice to the People nor to our surrounding environment. And most importantly not been enough research as to it’s safety warrants going forward. (have you ever seen the old flicks that show the US Govt’s. first testing of nuclear bombs…they had soldiers out in the field to observe with no protection from the fall out..why ? because they didn’t know better…or one could call it Ignorance! We have seen the same ignorance with the use of pesticides, plastics, petroleum products, mercury in fillings, flouride in our water, irradiated food, irradiated war weaponary, nuclear power plants, antibiotics injected into our beef cattle, GMO corn fed to our cattle causing holes in the poor creatures stomachs, and the list goes on and on.

      The disturbing & unscrupulous part of all this is that PG&E rec’d federal funding for these meters by promoting them as “green” (green because you can check your usage at home on your computer and can make adjustments to use less energy.) As I stated at that hearing I can make adjustments when I get a high PG& E bill. I don’t need to know my usage through out the day. Solar is far more green than this approach. By labeling smart meters as Green, citizens’ tax money ironically ended up paying for them whether people wanted them or not. PG&E is a private for profit utility and I believe their shareholders and board members should have fronted the cost.
      I am not anti corporation as long as corporations work with the people they serve and their first concern is the health and well being of their customers and their nations environment and economy. And they become responsible citizens who pay their fair share of taxes on their enormous profits so that our nation can offer our children quality free education through college level and single payer healthcare for all Americans from our collective tax dollars.
      What better way to boost the economy and create jobs when citizens and businesses start working together and caring for one another. BRotherhood!!

      At present, PG&E needs to take responsibility in conducting independent testing on how this emf grid would affect the environment and human health and at the same time honor the requests of those customers and cities who choose to opt out of the program if they deem the technology is not worth the potential or unknown risks.
      It is neither a safe nor trusting approach by PG&E to simply expect communities to be guinea pigs for the technologies of the few who want to make bigger profits.

    • RobertWilliams says:


      And Insurance companies don’t sacrifice insurance premiums ($$$) for nothing.

      TV NEWS VIDEO – Insurance Companies Won’t Insure Wireless Device Health Risks (3 minutes, 13 seconds)

  18. ddigretto says:

    Another thing: radio and microwave emissions cannot cause cancer. Cancer caused by radiation and X-rays is caused because the photons in these frequency ranges have enough energy to knock DNA apart, causing mutations which can lead to cancer if the body’s self-repair mechanisms cannot fix them.

    If radio waves caused cancer, then we’d all have to live in caves, since light has much more energy than radio waves.

    We don’t need to be afraid of these things, people.

    • onthelevelblog says:

      That has been the prevailing assumption for a long time. However, there have been replicated peer reviewed studies that show DNA disruption from very low levels of radiofrequeny. DNA disruption is the first step to cancer. Just because we can’t explain the biological process in detail does not mean it’s not happening. We evolved with EMF’s from the sun- our bodies and all biological organisms have evolved to deal with them. We did not evolve in a thick layer of electrosmog. Precaution is warranted and sadly lacking in this culture.

    • Bonnie says:

      I believe your splitting hairs with your logic. The human body is also energy and there is energy that affects us postively and energy that affects us negatively.
      Google Russian studies as to why Microwave ovens were outlawed in Russian years ago. Also studies in Norway and Sweden as to the negative health effects of cell phones and especially how they are bad for the developing brains of children.. This is not to say don’t use any of these devices…only be educated and take measures to protect your health.
      The US media and much of govt. is controlled by corporations whose market interests and profits take higher precedence. YOu have to do your own research and then make decisions according to your own intuition and your personal health needs and senstivities.

  19. says:

    I want to commend Joshua for all his hard work and efforts. I had a much smaller problem with my local phone company installing “phone lines” to my house that I had not ordered as I dont use local phone services. I simply cut them out. But, I cannot do this with my new electric meter that was recently installed.

    My long term plan is to go off the grid completely, even though I live in a city setting. This news about the meters will only push me quicker along with my plans. Glad you came on the Katherine Albrecht show today! I had not heard about any of this previously. Thanks for all the links on the site here & all your hard work!

    • Bonnie says:

      Amen to the gratitude to Joshua I heard you this morning on Pacifica and was great to hear that there is ongoing concern and actions around smart meters in our area.
      I & a friend were active in opposing smart meters in Emeryville. The council did not vote for a moratorium although we gave it a great push and got plenty of info. to the council members. At the same meeting PG&E outnumbered us with 8 reps there to sell the city on its safety and “greenness”
      I don’t believe the council fully bought into it but they were not strong enough or convinced enought to take a stand on declaring a moretorum. I and my neighbor are the only ones on our block without smart meters thus far. We have TURN’s posters and legal statement posted under our meters and thus far it has been affective WE also called them and told them we did not want them.

  20. Trisha says:

    I got the second letter, dated November 18, asking me to please call to schedule an appointment about a week ago. So far, I am just ignoring this letter. This is just one more thing going on against the will of the people. Between these endless wars, the Navy planning to do their testing right here off the West Coast with a permit to take (murder) 11.5 Million fish, and Caltrans polluting the rivers, oceans, streams, lakes and forests with their damaging road work, we have our hands full.

  21. MightySlug says:

    I’m in UK and live in a converted house with 6 separate residents. They have installed the meter boxes outside, but my old style meter remains inside. The gas co are digging up the road and want to replace the inlet pipes to my meter (currently in my flat second floor). Now, if I let them in to replace the pipes to my meter they will disconnect my meter – and reconnect it outside ready for the “smart” meter. If I don’t let them in, they have told me they will cut off my gas supply. Any ideas on what to do would be most appreciated – I don’t want them to move my meter as it will be outside and then I can’t prevent them switching over. I’ve only got days to go…help!

  22. joe says:

    No one can prove that the smart meters are 100 percent harmless,Let those who want them request them.But dont force them on anyone? PGandE are fools, they went the wrong way with this, They should have been turthfull about why they are installing theese and that is to get rid of there meter readers, cut jobs and payroll, nothing more.They should offer people who choose to allow them to install a discount on there bill since they are no longer going to have to pay someone to read it. FOOLS!

  23. joe says:

    I stoped a smart meter installer yesterday and had a chat with him. He said that the old meters bearings were wearing out due to age and causing them to drag, thus under chargeing .
    Makes since. So when you get your new smart meter your bill is going to go up.
    Just some trivia.

    • RobertWilliams says:

      The installer was repeating a PG$E LIE.

      KION TV did a side-by-side comparison for three months with a Wireless smart meter and an Analog Meter. The Analog Meter was serviced and re-calibrated so that it would run as new.

      The Wireless meter consistently read 3.5% higher usage than the Analog meter for the identical amount of electricity since both meters were reading the same electric usage.

      That represents $Billions of extra revenues for PG$E and paid for by customers.

      Other examples in communities where PG$E Wireless smart meters are not scrutinized so closely as on the TV station, people have experienced $hundreds of dollars larger bills. PG$E consistently rationalizes these higher bills as “Customer poor memory” from last year and other ridiculous excuses.


      Senator Florez in a hearing with both PG&E customers whose bills have gone up and PG&E Corporate representatives.

      TV NEWS VIDEO – Skyrocketing Utility Bills after WIRELESS smart meter installation (3 minutes, 19 seconds)

  24. susan abbott says:

    Thanks for the info. Moe work todo.

  25. Tim says:

    There are other issues beyond health. I would add privacy issues and even National Security issues by adding a wireless entry into our grid. In my humble opinion the biggest argument against new large roll outs of wireless devices is that we as Human Beings have not had the time to adapt and evolve to all the new EMF and RF emissions. We may benefit from some radiation from the sun etc. But we have had 1000 of years to adapt to these natural forms and only a handful of years to adapt to the ever increasing EMF from technology such as Smart Meters. I fail to see why they had to go wireless when fiber optics would have done the same and not had the issues we face with the current system being forced upon us.

    PG&E is a political monster. Lobbying in 2010 by PG&E is up 600%.

  26. Carl says:

    Unfortunately, calling PG&E was a useless excercise, as expected. They documented my complaint regarding ringing in my ears, but will take no action and offer no non-wireless alternatives. I did not know we lived in a totalitarian state, but I guess we do now.

  27. Michael M says:

    I live in a condo and on my outside living room wall are 20 meters. They are 5 feet from my desk. Should I be worried that I am going to be getting 20 times the effect of one? I live in NV in Reno and this worries me as I am constantly hearing about people I know getting brain tumors.

  28. daniel g says:

    i have six smart meters right outside my bedroom and kitchin since they were put in i have been having headache’s ringing in my ears and nausa. i know it’s due to the radiation but it’s hard to get people to believe me is there any help out there? i would welcome any advice or if anyone is going throu this please contact me. my together we could fight pg&e and have these things removed before they cause permante damage to me & my children or to anyone else in my position my email is

    • onthelevelblog says:

      Hi Daniel- So sorry to hear of the problems you are facing. We’re getting a ton of these types of comments and e-mails, so if its any consolation, you are not alone. I have added you to our newsletter distribution list, and do be sure to check the website for updates. Here’s what I recommend you do:

      1. Document in writing exactly what symptoms you have been having and exactly what date they started.

      2. Immediately call PG&E and demand that they remove the meters from your complex. If you can, get a doctor to write a note for you.

      3. Lodge a formal complaint with the CPUC and include your exact symptoms. You can contact them at 505 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102, or call them at 866-849-8390.

      4. Talk to your friends and neighbors- its possible that they may have been experiencing similar symptoms and may also be persuaded to take action.

      5. Research more about the issue of EMF’s and help to educate the people around you. is a good starting place.

      6. Write to your city, county, and state officials, and demand they halt the program.

      7. consider participating in an upcoming peaceful direct action

      You can also check out our other suggestions at

      A couple of questions- what city are you located in? You might also be interested in the study that was released this week, showing that smart meters likely violate federal law:

      Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Hang in there- we’ll slay this beast together.


  29. Yikes! says:

    thanks for this site.
    two weeks ago they installed smart meters on our row of townhouses.
    a few days later i felt dizzy; this changed to heart beat very strong – occasional racing – and now ringing in ears and pressure in chest as well. Dizziness subsided but have been waking up at 4 am and can’t get back to sleep.

    there are also about 20 meters about 75 feet from my house; i look at them in a line of sight.

    i seem to have been way more affected when they actually installed them in our block of 7 townhomes even though i am slightly further away from this meter box collection. it’s like it comes in through the wires.

    Those other ones were installed in Nov. or Oct. and i remember feeling nausea and more migraines from those.

    a few times a day we get this awful screeching too.

    i have been in a panic wondering where in Marin I can move?

    if it’s gov’t mandated then does it matter if we complain?

    i also heard that PGandE could have installed all kinds of meters like cabled ones instead.

    ps i never knew anything about smart meters until it happened to me. where can we go to escape, this is so scary.


    • Trisha says:

      Go tell your doctor, and have it noted you are having these symtoms. There are law suits going on in Marin County, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, San Francisco, and many places, so I am not sure why they are ignoring the people. Much info is coming out about EMF (Electro Magnetic Fields) that does not point to this as being good for people at all. Here again, it is good for big business, and screw the people. There are other reasons, like more job losses, security issues, and the list goes on.

      I am so tired of government pushing us into job losses due to stupid technology, outsoursing, wars, oil spills, navy testing to kill marine life, and other opressive things getting forced unto people that they don’t agree with. This includes filling this air space with Electro Magnetic Fields.

      It comes down to destroying the planet or saving the planet. My question is, where are we allowed to make a choice?

  30. Joe says:

    I guess I am lucky as for my meter is located on my private property behind a locked gate and wellington energy does not have access to change it, they can only see it to read but they cannot touch it to change it. My dogs will eat them!!
    Im sure they will at some point have some legal avenue to force me to let them change it but until then they are going to have to keep paying a meter reader to drive out and read it.Im going too eat at there profits as long as I can! Serves those greedy bastards rite!!

  31. Karen Steffa says:

    Northwest Lineman College has applied for a permit to build a mock subdivision in Butte Co. Ca. There they will train smart meter installers “in real life scenarios” : Oroville Mercury Register, Feb.12, 2011. I am correcting my earlier message stating that Butte College was responsible.

  32. joe says:

    Hey Karen, how can I contact them? Im thinking they might want to rent my 4 pit bull dogs to mock there installer tresspassing and climbing over my fence and getting ate! Then they will need a ambulance to mock him going to the hospital, And then they will need a Sheirff to mock him being hauled away to jail for tresspassing on my posted private property, And maybe a attorney to mock me sueing there asses for tresspassing on my property in the first place!! How Stupid!!!!

  33. I would think going “off grid” would be the best way to tell the utility company to shove it. Unfortunately many can’t or don’t have a way to address this issue. Great article by the way.

  34. Redwood Mary says:

    why not have your offical and well organized group contact OPowerAND HAVE A CONVERSATION? and use some of your energy to partner and move the system to a system does not require smart meters,

    Regulation is going to be common place for Energy /Utlities- so set your self up as the experts :
    From their website:
    oPOWER’s Home Energy Reporting System is the industry’s only energy management system that can convert Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) data into significant and measureable energy savings without an additional investment in in-home hardware. Through our patent-pending paper reports, our best-in-class online portal, and the improved quality of your customer-service calls (see CSR Tools), we can help utilities greatly enhance the customer’s experience by providing valuable insights about energy use.

    While our system does not require smart meters, AMI technology increases our platform’s effectiveness with added features
    Alternative Metering Technology is there — go for it BUT do your home work first and get partners on board.

  35. joe says:

    Why was my post removed from this site, Guess someone did not like it! Who runs this site anyway? PG&E ???

  36. joe says:

    so here it is again, there was a story in the local paper about a apartment owner building a metal mesh cage around the meter cluster and locking it to prevent smart meters being installed. PG&E called the fire dept and they said that the cage was ok but you can not lock it in case there is a emergency the fire dept needs access . So this owner got a (knox box)- Google it) and installed it so the fire dept now has access and pg&e does not.My point is that if you dont want a smart meter you can prevent them from installing one! I have!! They will probably delete this post like they did the last one!!!

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