Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Mark asks: What do you think of smart meters? Why? Do you have one? If so, how did you get one? Was your electric utility deceptive when installing it?
My reply: Yes, I have one. Or rather, the power company installed one.
But I don’t dislike smart meters per se any more than I dislike electric cars per se. Both are merely technologies which – like guns – can be used for good or bad.
What I dislike about smart meters is the use to which they will likely be put – which will be to ration electricity. And to monitor and control the use of electricity within the home. They have the capability to spy on us – the devices we have, how we use them, etc. – and given the state of things in this country, I think its naive to image that this Panopticonic capability won’t be used.
Plus, there is the problem of choice. We don’t have any. The smart meters are foisted upon us, want them or not. I believe it is even illegal to refuse them in many parts of the country.
If I had the time and the energy, I’d be actively working to establish grid-free power generation (and storage) at my place and simply cut off the grid power – and have them come and remove their meter. I recommend anyone who can do so – if it’s practical and makes economic sense – though it will probably become illegal to do so as it amounts to an assertion of independence and we all know how much the busybodies and control freaks who constitute “the government” like that.
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