Smart Meters explained

Smart Meters have Citizens for Safe Technology concerned; they are hosting an information session

Citizens for Safe Technology sponsors an information session on BC Hydro Smart Meters on Monday.

Thirty community councils in B.C. have put a moratorium on the installation of Smart Meters, which are said to pose a serious health risk through the radiation they emit. On May 31, 2011, the World Health Organization classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields, such as emitted by Smart Meters, as a Class 2B, a possible human carcinogen, and called for further investigation.

The Smart Grid will enable time-of-use billing to make more money on what is being used during the day so it can divert daytime power to the U.S. Eighty per cent of homeowners with Smart Meters report electricity costs have risen significantly, 50 per cent, 60 per cent, 200 per cent and even 300 per cent with no increased use.

With smart appliances, BC Hydro (or whoever owns it, if privatized), will be able to control when and which ones to turn off, or remotely turn off your power if bills are not paid on time.

In California alone, more than 800 Smart Meters have caught fire from power surges, with the damage usually not covered by insurance.

Smart Meters also pose a privacy and security risk since any wireless device is very easy to hack into. Hackers could access private information and even shut down the whole grid.

The BC Hydro Smart Meters presentation takes place Monday at 7 p.m. at 2913-29th Ave., (behind the Towne Theatre). For more information contact CSTVERNON@hotmail.com or see www.citizensforsafetechnology.org.