‘Are smart meters being used to ration our energy use?’

August 24, 2016

 


British Gas Smart Meter

BIG BROTHER: Smart meters like this British Gas one, say energy companies, will make it easy for consumers to pay for their energy use but critics say the companies are invading consumers’ privacy by monitoring their habits and that this information could be misappropriated in collusion with government authorities. The Government says consumers have to contact the energy companies if they don’t want their data used.

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POWER GRAB: Abby Martin who presents Big Brother Watch on RT News, claims that energy companies (through smart meters) can regulate and even ration the amount of energy a consumer uses without their consent even if they offered to pay the excess. Picture courtesy of RT You Tube Channel.

 

WHAT are “smart meters” and should we be wary of energy companies insisting that we use them in our homes to monitor our energy use in Dorset and Somerset?

An acquaintance of mine in east Dorset contacted me as a matter of urgency to discuss this issue as he claims he has been badgered night and day by sales people saying he must have the meters installed into his and his wife’s house despite the fact the he doesn’t want them and has health concerns over them.

A smart meter is an electrical meter used by energy corporations to streamline and monitor energy use in residential homes and corporate environments.

On the Government’s website, it says that smart meters “are the next generation of gas and electricity meters and offer a range of intelligent functions”.

Interestingly on the site as well it says that “suppliers will have to gain consent to use half-hourly data to use data for marketing purposes” and that they “can access daily data unless you (the consumer) object”.

Three years ago this brief report highlighting what this technology does for the customer was aired by the American journalist Abby Martin on her program Big Brother Watch on RT News, first aired in 2013.

Martin claims that the US government is working with energy companies to force consumers to have the meters installed. Is the Department for Energy and Climate Change using the same tactics with energy companies such as SWEB in Dorset?

Martin said: “Power companies have sent people across the country (the US) to switch out the old analog meters and replace them with brand, new digital ‘smart meters’.

“Remember that little guy who used to come around your house with a little note pad and measure your energy usage and send you the bill at the end of the month. Well that little guy is out of a job, he has been replaced by smart meters.”

The smart meters are equipped with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Chips) and this enables energy companies to monitor these devices without actually coming to their consumer’s premises.

Martin continued: “How ‘smart’ are they? Not only do they rapidly record information by the hour. They can distinguish what type of energy you are using. Think about for one second. It may not seem like intrusion but consider this, energy companies will have precise data on your daily routine, when you wash your clothes, when you watch TV, when you leave your home and when you come back.

“If the notion about what you are doing and when you are doing isn’t disturbing enough – it’s worse. These devices are capable of regulating, controlling and even rationing your energy use.

“Take this example, you are running your fans in the hot summer months and the power company decides you are using too much power, they will take it upon themselves to lower it regardless of the consumer willing to pay for the extra usage.

“A point to consider is what these companies will do with this information. Once this is shared with law enforcement, it can and it will be used against you. Cops will be able to know what you are doing in the privacy of your own home.

“Secondly these companies can sell this information of our daily lives for data mining and advertising. It is disturbing at so many levels but these little surveillance units are being implemented across the country without the public’s consent and in many cases without their knowledge of being installed.”

  • THE main body of this article is the work of Abby Martin and is being transcribed to a wider context due to the importance of the content. Please see the two news reports attached to the narrative here to put what has been said in context.

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DSCW page supporter August 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Yep sent mine back never worked properly!

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BW August 30, 2016 at 5:03 pm

That is their declared plan, I never understand why people need them – if you know what equipment you use you should know its power consumption and be able to work out the economies available yourself, without giving control to the energy companies

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Facebook comment August 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm

The point you all seem to miss…. They’ll offer cheap electricity to make you want to install them… Then after they’re in, you’ll find the “cheap” electricity is offered between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and goes through the roof on pricing in the evening and at weekends…
Machiavellian….
No way will I have one of these in my home…
The “data mining” aspect is a smokescreen, the pricing aspect doesn’t get a mention because that’s what the companies want to hide…

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