I didn't know of my rights before then but didn't feel comfortable about the install of the SmartMeter on my home. Was installed recently and given no documentation of install. I want it out. Was done to my neighbor too. (prior to this install, FPL was offering install of Extra surge protection. Surge protectors to be installed in or on the meters we already had for a fee of $9.00 a month. I declined. It is possible that FPL's offer of the xtra surge protection may have been an undercover plan to protect their SmartMeters from exploding or causing a fire to our homes. Also, from a You tube video evidence, an installer said that if we want the Smart Meter removed it would cost $68.00 for removal and we would get billed a monthly charge of $26.00 for their having to send a meter reader to our homes (as they originally had been doing). This control, intimidation and fleecing has to stop! How can I get my removed? I don't want to be arrested.
Cover the meter with foil, it blocks the signal.
I covered my cell with foil and it still worked.... So not sure if that would block the signal...
Maybe wrap the aluminum foil around your head? Only way to be sure...
I too already have a smart meter installed, by Progress Energy, without notice or consent. Is this site still active? Do you have a removal letter? How can I get in contact with the larger movement to resist smart meters in Florida? Thank you.
I live in Orlando, FL, and Progress Energy claims to have installed in our homes digital meters that transmit electromagnetic radio waves that transmit to the company once a month. Progress Energy also told me that there is no opt out for digital or smart meters. I cannot sleep at night and have head aches due to the high frequency radio waves emitted by my home meter. I don't know what to do about this problem. People in Orlando don't care about anything but having fun and food on their table. Please help me. Thank you.
Read what I wrote below. Send the letter to her email and I bet they call you within a couple of hours. Good Luck! Let me know how it goes.
I sent an adobe acrobat signed letter (Smart Meter Opt Out) from this website to firstname.lastname@example.org and within 2 hours her assistant called me back to tell me they would be removing the meter within 5 days. If they do not have your approval they cannot keep this in place. Try it it worked for me.
I'm going to try it, thanks!
I have what appears to be a smart meter on my house, but it was installed in 2006. It is a digital meter, but I do not see any wireless device extending from it, and according to JEA no meter reader has been on my property since 2006. Is there a transition device that could have been installed that far back, or were they already installing smart meters at that time?
Does anyone know if Progress Energy in the Tampa area has a opt out option. I need mine out fast.
Yes the digital reader in theory was made to help the person that reads to not have to enter the property so they say it is not "smart" but read this specifications and tll me if this doesn't hurt people : "It is a single direction broadcast meter that is programmed to send out a signal once every 30 seconds which translates to 2,880 times a day and 86,400 times a month.".. thank you guys I will request my digital meter to be removed, will pay all the ask but i lost my health long time and i think this is the main cause...
I want to confirm that FPL does have a "DELAY" list that you can be put on. They are awaiting the Florida Public Service Commission to make a decision whether or not there can be an official opt out. So, get on the hold list and then contact the commission. Do not let the government dictate what consumers should have to buy and use in their own home. We don't have any choice or right to switch to another utility provider. If the commission forces us to take this product/service against our consumer right, then there is no longer any freedom in this country. Make your opinion heard and write them as soon as possible.
My Symptoms from the smart meter! Sleep problems (insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, night waking, nightmares) Stress, agitation, anxiety, irritability Headaches, sharp pain or pressure in the head 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, chest pain Leg cramps, or neuropathy Arthritis, body pain, sharp, stabbing pains Nausea, flu-like symptoms Sinus problems, nose bleeds Respiratory problems, cough, asthma Urinary problems Endocrine disorders, thyroid problems, diabetes High blood pressure Changes in menstrual cycleI found a list on a Health associated with Smart Meters site… Above are the Symptoms I have had since they have put the smart meter on my home… I get sicker and sicker every day… I barely can walk the pain is so bad… Now for the pass month are so the pain has started in my left arm! I desperately need Gulf Power to remove the killing machine Off my HOME!I just so happened to read the article last night about those 2 ladies getting arrested (smart meter) then I started to dig and found out the it’s my electric meter that’s making me so sick!I have medical bills piling up MRI’s, MRA’s, CT scans, ETC…. Neurologist, cardiologist, pain doctors, endocrinologist, immunity specialist, ETC!!!!!!!!!!!
I saw a video about the woman being arrested for declining a smart meter and another arrested filming the crew installing it. I also decided to dig for information regarding the smart meter. I am ashamed to say that I don't even know if I have one. However, I vaguely remember them installing something new maybe a year or so ago, but I didn't pay much attention to what it was (usually my husband handles that kind of stuff). With such a busy life, I guess I just didn't bother to find out. I will check my meter when I go outside today, although I am pretty sure that is what they installed based on all of the info. that I have read. If this is what occured, I'd feel so violated for not being given a choice. We are a family of 6 (4 children). I am responsible for their health and well being and I have to protect them. Reading about the possible effects from these meters makes me sick to my stomach...it makes me wonder if these Smart meters are the reason why I have been up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason...hmmm
I spoke to a lady at FPL this afternoon. I told her that they installed a smart meter without my knowlede or consent. I told her I wanted it removed. After much back and forth about the hazards of the meter, she said they would remove it and put in some other kind of digital meter. She then went on to say they would call me in a few months to let me know how much extra I had to pay on a monthly basis. I almost fainted when she said it would be $50.00 a month, because some one has to come and read the meter. We as citizens have absolutely no rights when it comes to big corporations, and the government.
Well now with Obama Care your medical bills will out weigh the cost of the $50.00 and think of the physical suffering which is even greater??!!! I'd pay the $50.00.
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how do I know if I have a smart meter? lets restart this site and keep it going.
Look for the words 1 Watt and Fri on the face of meter that way you know it has transmitting radio installed.
FCC not Fri autocorrect lol
However, others have used a similar letter to revoke permission for your utility to install a “Smart” Meter on your home or business. medical supplies miami floridaMeter Refusal Letter to FPL and The Florida Public Service Commission legal advice here at Coalition for Health, Against Smart Meters
I called to day Gulf Power Florida and they refuse to change it back I have a $1000 power bill this month
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You people are idiots. The RF from these meters cause no more health issues than a cell phone or in-home wireless....or a microwave oven for that matter. Typical stupid people rejecting something they know nothing about.
you are a retard you only use your phone or microwave for a few minutes your meter is constantly going
That's absolutely correct. Smart meters emit 100x the radiation that a router (which makes wired internet wireless). These meters are a death sentence to our health and to our privacy. This is parasitic cancer that global government is, creeping up on all of us so that we will soon return to a permanent peasant class.
Many years ago I was in a auto accident. I now have 4 metal plates, 22 screws, dental screws, copper post teeth, metal staples, and wire filaments holding my face together. I'm building a new home and just saw that they installed a wireless smart meter. We have no wi-fi because it gives me one hell of a headache and toothache. We've had the new home hardwired for internet (no wi-fi). We haven't moved in yet. Now I have this wi-fi meter?!!!! How do I get Gulf Power to replace it with a normal non-wifi meter? This will make me sick, I have to be careful where I go because wifi is fricken everywhere now, I can only handle it in small doses, I certainly don't want it in my own home. Home is supposed to be where I'm safe and free from this painful signal bombardment!
The comments that a cell phone is safe are obviously from someone with no understanding of the technology. The iPhone clearly has in writing that you must use it with an air gap and must not place it against the skull or the emissions will be higher than is allowed by Federal Law. The only reason for this is the industry surrounding cell phones lobbied hard to remove any restrictions on the devices. They are VERY dangerous. Also, a microwave oven is extremely dangerous and is surrounded by a special cage that prevents radiation exposure. That is the main reason you can not place metals in to a microwave. A microwave oven will kill any living thing placed within and any leak to the cage will result in serious bodily harm and likely death with prolonged exposure. A microwave oven is often measured in the higher end wattage scale and you may recall that cooking times are reduced with higher watt microwaves. RF radiation is dangerous. Smart meters also cause disruption in wireless devices and a smart meter within radius of a hospital could easily create multiple problems because of the wireless standard used is the same and so is the technology and frequency. If you are confused by this try to remember that cordless phones would often pick up other conversations for the exact same reason. The security is so weak on smart meters a company would not have to pay for data but rather war-drive in a van and intercept signals from meshed meter networks capturing the data of every home and business. Not only is this a concern for privacy, it is also a concern for proprietary operations and technology development. The smart meter operates in a way that a court would never authorize. In an example there was a criminal who had on board navigation and remote support. The government used this two way communication to intercept conversation of illicit activity and the result was the criminal had not gotten in to any trouble because the contract had been violated between the criminal and the in car service provider. Such events further establish that the government is not yet fully aware of this information.
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In Florida FPL is threatening me with a letter saying i will have to pay $250+ a year extra if i keep my Analog meter and don’t exchange for Smartmeter! -( by March 30,2014) It’s getting crazy! Fascist Dictatorship – Comply or PAY!
Yes true FPL said by June is latest will be installed or pay 95.-- plus 113.-- per months! That is in Volusia! INSANE ! There is no Freedom! GREED andWHAT suits them; not the customers! Wish could say forget it I don't want your power!
How canFPL hold us ransom for these fees what recoarse do we have against these folks at FPL This fee sounds like an intimadation or else. Its a form of ransom
Called FPL and filed a complaint on smart meter opt out charges. Management to get back if they want to? Wont hold my breath.Opted out of smart meter for health reasons.I have been an FPL customer over 55 years same residence. Nothing has change in those 55 years for administration cost and the cost of reading my meter was in the kilowatt charge for electricity I used. I asked if smart meter users were getting a kilowatt discount for not having a meter reader come out and the reply was no. So it seems to me this is a big profit win for FPL getting the same rate and reducing their staff for profits then turn around and want to charge for services that were provided at no additional cost for 55 years? Hmmm does the work $PROFIT$ at the cost of consumers with no other option available fit?
I just filled a complaint form at florida Public service commision. Also, what about making a petition at one of the petition sites, such as change.org. or moveon.org? there are other petition sites out there.
Smart meters are nothing more than a spy tool to know more information about what Americans are doing in their private homes. It amounts to wire-tapping and without a warrant it is ILLEGAL. Technology is becoming an evil tool in the hands of big business and with the push of a button your electric service is disconnected remotely.
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The past and current rates approved for FPL include the cost for meter readers to go house to house. FPL already has accounts for customers, as well as data, already entered in their system that designates who has what meter. There is absolutely NO justification for a punitive [meant to punish] fee against those who wish to keep the status quo and no reason for an additional $13/mo punitive fee for meter reading when that cost is already factored into FPL's current charges. The people who should raise a rucus are the customers who changed to smart meters and are still being charged a rate for their electricity that includes meter readers to go house to house. So if FPL no longer has the expense of house to house meter reading where is that money going? It's now a month to month windfall profit for FPL. Smart meter customers should demand a $13/mo discount on their billing and status quo customers should NOT have to pay an additional fee for what is already included in FPL's current rate structure.FPL's shell game with meters, fees and truth twisting must come to an end. But it won't - because there isn't one politician willing to touch the issue for fear of getting electrocuted ['Westinghoused'] by the lobbyists of General Electric [GE] the producers of this first 2.0 version of the smart meter. Just wait 'til you see what the upgrade to their 2.1 version has in store for you!!! You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Don't let them lie to you. You DONT have to take the Smart Meter! And the so called surcharge to keep your old meter is a LIE too. It is under review so they cant charge you to keep your old meter. FPL is a rotten company and will try to bully you into taking the smart meter. I couldn't agree with the following statement more! "Smart meter customers should demand a $13/mo discount on their billing and status quo customers should NOT have to pay an additional fee for what is already included in FPL's current rate structure".
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As far as FP&L is concerned, we all need to take bold action and think out of the box. That is, go to law enforcement and press extortion charges against key employees at FP&L! Besure you have personal injury liability, different from personal liability and bodily injury lilability, on yourf homeowners policy. Personal injury endorsement will extend coverage for wrongful arrest(false arrest),wrongful detention, libel, slander, and worngful eviction. I have those coverages.
I just wrote a blog about OUC in Central Florida doing this. You can read about our personal battle and included helpful links at my web site. As a realtor, I see property value issues with these meters in addition to all the other potential hazards.http://m.trulia.com/blog/LisaButlerRealtor/
Take care they kill you...health deterioration very fast!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RP7vmFeo0k
Dont install them or just break them with an axe checkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RP7vmFeo0k
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Lord, quite a lot of hysteria here. Smart meters are simple components of a larger Smart Grid. Our electrical grid is severely out of data. These components are part of a simple progression to update the grid and make it safer and more resilient. Additionally Smart Grids allow the adaption of alternative energy and reduces the average household power bill.Regarding some of the silly comments about health...kids, there is simply no scientific bases to any of these claims. Elementary physics makes such notions impossible. Don't believe me? Take College Physics, Introduction to Electrical Systems, graduate level Biological Principles, Environmental Systems and Human Risk (I have taken all of these). Then all the bogus crap about misunderstood health risk from silly little electrical components will no longer keep you up at night. And the idea of suing the power company for using these would seem laughably absurd. I am an Environmental Engineer. I am not an employee of any power company. But my title obligates me to protect human health and well-being. Smart Grids are a critical path to clean, efficient, and resilient power distribution.
Stop with your uninformed bullshit, there is a huge difference between smart/ digital meters and the old school reliable analog meters. The Difference is the high frequency voltage spikes being sent through the circuits of the house. This occurs because digital meters have a component called a switching mode power supply, Its function is to ‘step down’ the 240v alternating current (AC) coming in from the utility pole power lines to the 2 to 10 volts of direct current (DC) required to run the meter’s digital electronics which record the electricity usage data. This function also affects the electricity running into your house, probably just because of poor engineering. The SMPS function emits sharp spikes of millisecond bursts 24/7. When current flows through the wiring of a building it generates a surrounding electro-magnetic field that radiates outward all around the wires at right angles to the direction of the current’s flow and reaches out into the room. The SMPS on the OWS 514 NIC model, for instance, which is the smart meter model widely installed by PG&E throughout its territory (notably, California), has been measured to emit spikes of 50,000 hz and higher. These spikes create an EM field from the wiring in walls many times stronger and more dangerous than a traditional analog meter, which does not have a switching mode power supply. Analog meters keep a steady 60 hz running through your house, which is obviously better than 50,000 hz.
And, yes, there is absolutely a justification for a punitive fee for not using the Smart Meter. Think of the grid like a river. Think of the Smart Grid as redesigning that river channel to move water faster and smoother. If you, and a bunch of other misinformed customers, demand to keep your old technology this acts like dumping a ton of rocks in the flow of that water. You are, essentially, impeding the implementation of a better system. I know the public would like us engineers to design solutions for problems without actually affecting anything in their personal lives. This, however, is impossible.
1. The short bursts of RF radiation, typical for digital, pulsing transmission of Smart Meters, are not considered to be harmful per FCC standards. The biological and neurological effects of exposure to RF radiation are totally disregarded in spite of thousands of studies proving that RF radiation negatively affects our well-being. How powerful are these radiation bursts? Up to 2500 milliwatts of electrical shock could zap our nervous system for up to 6,000 times a second. This pulsing radiation was measured from the distance of about 2 feet from the meter. You have to remember, the closer to the meter, the higher the radiation exposure.. 2. The FCC standards are very dated. The agency still employs the 1991 standards, which have been modified only slightly since their implementation, and do not include any studies conducted after 1986. One can ask why, despite of all the talk about RF radiation, is the FCC still using standards created 20 years ago, established before the dawn of digital communication? Because of the FCC inaction or, as some suspect, delaying tactics, it is up to individuals to ensure that our exposure to RF radiation is as short as possible and radiation is as low as possible. Find yourself some radiation shields both for the meter and the inside wall of your home. Smart Meter shields are sold on the web.
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My power company told me after 7 months, they were not going to replace my Smart Meter. I am very disappointed so I wrote this post. Anyone in NW Florida, please checkout my post here you can help.. I would appreciate any effort you make to research this topic. I have included someone to contact if you would like to Opt Out of your smart meters too.https://steemit.com/health/@jsc/hot-off-the-press-cece-doucette-speaking-on-the-emf-topic-which-includes-smart-meters