BC Hydro is replacing our current digital electric meter with new “smart meters”.
The cost to the users is over $1 billion. The claim is that it will save $1.6 billion over 20 years in theft and labour. Currently there is no way to know how much electricity is being stolen.
In many older homes the power entry is located near a bedroom. This can cause harmful exposure to electromagnetic radiation while sleeping. It is important that new homes are designed to prevent unnecessary exposure.
The new meter will cause additional exposure by its capacity to transmit data similar to a cell phone call.
BC hydro claims that you can save up to 15% if you monitor your consumption. Only the most careless users would be able to see that benefit if they drastically changed their habits.
It is very disappointing that the new meter will not allow for buy-back of the electricity produced by wind power and pv panels, and there is no provision for off-peak time rate reduction.