I went online to view my new electric bill recently, now that I have a smart meter. I rarely look because my solar panels have basically eliminated my bills (small home, small, fortunate person), but I was glad to check it out, as it gave me more information than I could have gotten on my own, e.g. how much electricity my home was using in the middle of the night, or how my peak usage changed from day to day. This is one of the best reasons for smart meters. I’d be interested to know this for my gas usage as well, and apparently, so would Southern California Gas Company, who would like to go the same route with the metering.
As for the health aspect of this issue, there will be no results of definitive studies relayed here, sorry. Although the meters’ signals are less powerful than those of cell phones, people have experienced health problems after their installation.The Public Utilities Commission hearing here in S.B. was rife with complaints and sad stories, so is the internet. One could claim that people are fearful, some paranoid, and our minds are powerful things. Yes, but there is also no question that some people are far more sensitive than others, in almost every way imaginable. And there has been a major change, very recently, in our global environment.
Could it be that a world fairly saturated with electro-magnetic fields from power sources and lines, and radio frequency fields from cell phone and satellite transmissions, microwave devices, radar, television and radio broadcasting, wireless internet and other wireless devices – almost none of which could happen alone in the natural world - is not affected by this fundamentally different environment? That all of the creatures who rely on the tiniest of signals to sense danger, migrate, procreate, live, are not at all affected by this new environment? That if they are, how could we not be? Why is there a maximum Specific Absorption Rate determined for devices by governments? Only because of potential health effects.
I had no interest in “opting out”. Minor headaches and memory problems began for me shortly after my meter was installed, but I did not even consider that as a possible cause. I went down many other paths first. I am now trying out a device that seems to be helping. I do not believe that the meter itself directly caused my headaches, but that it is possible that my environment was brought to a tipping point, along with wifi, and other RF activity. I could be wrong, and hope I am.