Jan 12, 2022

What We Know About Smart Meters and EMF

Chances are, you’ll be receiving a smart meter soon. But are they safe?

When you consider the devices that emit EMF radiation, the main culprits likely come to mind…

Your phone, laptop, Wi-Fi router, TV, smart devices, 4G and 5G cellular towers, etc.

So, if electrical smart meters don’t immediately come to mind, we don’t blame you.

In the world of E-smog, smart meters are a new arrival—you may not even have one in your home yet.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll be any less of an issue when it comes to EMF radiation. They may create even more problems than your typical electronic devices.

So, if you’re curious about smart meters (or you’re not exactly sure what they are) keep reading! We’ll explain how they work, and we’ll give you all the details on the issues these new devices may cause.

How do Smart Meters Work?

If you’ve ever walked around the outside of your home, chances are you’ve seen your electrical meter.

They’re small gray or white boxes typically mounted on the back of your home. They track your electrical usage so your energy provider can bill you accordingly.

For decades, the standard has been to check those meters manually by sending employees to check thousands of meters.

That’s where smart meters change the game. In the last decade or so, energy providers have begun installing smart meters in place of your old meter.

Rather than sending someone to your home to read your meter, smart meters use RF-EMF to send your electrical usage results directly to your energy provider.

That means a lower cost for them and (supposedly) you, though that may not always be the case…

Recent news articles have cited the potential issues for your wallet. Smart meters may break, record your electricity usage incorrectly and even overcharge you for your usage.

Plus, electrical companies make it difficult to refuse a smart meter installation on your home. 

In the U.S., only residents of Vermont and New Hampshire can choose to opt-out of a smart meter installation at no additional cost.

Smart Meters and EMF Radiation

Chances are, you’ll be stuck with a smart meter sooner or later. So, what do we know about their EMF radiation emissions?

Well, let’s start with a survey from the EMF Safety Network. The results of the survey show reports of new or worsening health symptoms including… 

  • Sleep problems
  • Stress, anxiety, and irritability
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Concentration, memory, or learning problems
  • Fatigue, muscle, or physical weakness
  • Disorientation, dizziness, or balance problems
  • Eye problems, including eye pain/pressure in the eyes
  • Cardiac symptoms, heart palpitations, heart arrhythmias
  • Arthritis, body pain, sharp, stabbing pains

And much more! Of course, that’s only one survey. 

Still, it’s far from the only study showing the potential issues with smart meters.

But before we dive into a few more studies on the EMF radiation emitted by those meters, let’s review the potential effects of RF-EMF.

What are RF-EMFs?

Radiofrequency EMFs are utilized by many of your electronic devices to communicate.

Your phone, Wi-Fi routers, cellular towers, and more all use RF-EMFs on a spectrum from 100kHz to 300 GHz.

As we mentioned, smart meters use this frequency to communicate with your energy provider.

The trouble is, those RF-EMFs have demonstrated potentially harmful effects in clinical studies…

“...we conclude that exposure increased the number of animals with tumors in the heart. Tumors of the brain were also considered to be related to exposure; and increased numbers of male rats with tumors of the adrenal gland were also related to exposure.”
– National Toxicology Report, 2018

So, it’s important to remember that smart meters are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to EMF radiation.

In other words, they're adding even more E-smog to your daily dose.

Smart Meters and Exposure to RF-EMFs

With radiofrequency radiation considered, let’s dive back into the issues reported by smart meter users. 

First, a testimony from Richard H. Conrad, Ph.D. to the Maine Public Utilities Commission offers another look at the effects of smart meters. Among homeowners surveyed…

“Many of them said they had never heard of electrical sensitivities before, were developing strange symptoms they never had before, could not use computers, wi-fi or cell phones anymore without painful symptoms (even though previously they had been using them heavily with Wi-Fi in offices and on in homes 24/7). Weeks or months after their symptoms began they first discovered a smart meter on their home…”

In his testimony, Dr. Conrad also noted that he saw people suffering with what appeared to be…

“a common array of diffuse neurological symptoms, that it seemed to be not due to fear or psychological factors, but to smart meters and it was destroying their lives.”

If those conclusions seem grim, you’re not the only one who thinks so. 

The problem is, EMF radiation and its effects are a relatively new issue, and smart meters are even newer.

So, scientists are still working to understand the broader effects of smart meters.

And yet, studies held across the globe have demonstrated similar problems.

For example, a survey of Australian homeowners noted new conditions in otherwise healthy individuals:

“Interestingly, the vast majority of Victorian cases did not state that they had been sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) prior to exposure to the wireless meters, which points to the possibility that smart meters may have unique characteristics that lower people's threshold for symptom development.”
– Lamech F. Self-reporting of symptom development from exposure to radiofrequency fields of wireless smart meters in Victoria, Australia

That same study noted the symptoms most frequently reported by smart meter users…

  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive disturbances
  • Dysesthesias (abnormal sensations)
  • Dizziness

By now, you’re probably noticing a pattern—healthy people are reporting new or worsening health effects when using smart meters.

So, what does that mean for you, your family, and your home?

Defend Yourself Against Smart Meter EMFs

The potential risks that come with smart meter usage may mean it’s time to take action.

That’s especially true of smart meters—like we said, you probably won’t avoid having one installed on your home.

And these meters aren’t an isolated issue.

Your phone, computer, and the 5G cellular towers [LINK 5G BLOG] near your home operate on similar frequencies. That means you’re likely bombarded with E-smog from multiple sources every day.

Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it.

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BUBBLE serves as your on-the-go EMF radiation—it’s the world’s smallest active EMF protection device.

And when you’re at home, COCOON takes care of you and your family around the clock by forming an 82 ft. shield around your home. 

So, you won’t have to worry about incoming E-smog from your smart meter and other electronic devices.

And that’s our goal. We’ll continue innovating EMF defense technology for the digital era. 

For now, you can rest assured you’re protected with the German engineering and Swiss craftsmanship inside BUBBLE and COCOON.
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