Smart Meters Inflate Utility Bills

(Feb. 19, 2018) Those unconcerned with health hazards reported by thousands of folks secretly “smart-metered” may want to pay attention to the un-american Agenda 21 for another reason. So-called ‘Smart Meters” are now being proven to hit people where they feel it most – in the pocket book. We can now begin to see how these meters inflate utility bills.  Given that many of us have now been smart metered for nearly a decade, a fair accounting could probably find the extra take for utility companies to be in the billions of dollars.

Smart Meters not so Smart
It turns out that we are finally getting real evidence for something many have suspected for a long time now: Smart meters are not smart at all, unless, perhaps, you own a utility company and enjoy inflating your customers’ bills.

Electrical Engineer Testifies to Smart Meter Theft
An electrical engineer from Michigan has just given us all a look behind the arcane smart meter curtain. And just as in the Wizard of Oz, that one look begins to give the whole game away.  On Feb. 13, 2018, electrical engineer Bill Bathgate testified before the Michigan house of representatives.  The man did not call smart meters a scam, but he nevertheless explained just how the smart meter scam works.

Smart Meter Scam
Mr. Bathgate explained to Michigan house reps that he used his own professional equipment to calibrate just how smart meters work to inflate utility bills. The smart meter scam works by charging home and business owners for “harmonics” or “transient energy” which the meters read but which consumers cannot, and do not, use. The meters read the line noise or transient energy as part of actual usage, despite the fact that that energy is not being used.  Testing finds transient noise to be in the 60 hertz range, which is measured and noted by smart meters, but it is simply background noise from dirty electricity, appliances, dimmer switches, fluorescent bulbs, and other devices which are not being directly used.  In his presentation, Mr. Bathgate charts the regular, actual-use readings on a graph showing 120-volt usage, along with the transient energy “usage” which the smart meter also bills us for.

Smart Meters’ Transient/Harmonic Distortions vs. Analog Meters’ Actual Usage
Many things can cause harmonic distortions, “transients,” or extra line noise, including the meters communicating with other meters, or simply detecting dirty electricity from Lord knows where.  Transients are largely by-products of modern energy-efficient electronics and appliances – from computers, refrigerators, and plasma TVs to compact fluorescent light bulbs, and dimmer switches. The old analog meters, by contrast, read only the actual electrical energy that was consumed by the residence or business wired to the meter.

No Transparency in Utility Billing
Mr. Bathgate explains that for $2 per meter, the utility companies could have installed an EMC filter on each of the smart meters. But likely because they were not required to do so, they chose not to. Cell phone chargers and other chargers we use daily all have an EMC filter, so why don’t utility companies include one? Utility companies work virtually without oversight. The Michigan engineer explained that there is absolutely no transparency between our actual energy use and the use for which we are charged. Your power company could send you a bill for $1,000 tomorrow and demand payment. If you refused to pay, the company could simply shut off your power.

Knew or Should Have Known
Utility companies knew or should have known that consumers were being ripped off by the defective meters.  They could easily have installed the cheap EMP filters but chose not to do so.  They knew or should have known that failing to install EMP filters would unfairly inflate their customers’ utility bills.  It is not enough for them to now plead ignorance, when many tests have shown the so-called smart meters charge 10-15% more for electricity than that which is actually used.

ANSI Regulations
The American National Standards Institute oversees smart meter “regulations,” such as they are. The problem is that there’s nothing American about the ANSI. It’s not a government organization. At all. It is a multi-national industry-controlled group.  Where is the oversight?  There is none. Millions of dollars in utility company lobbying has virtually destroyed any meaningful government oversight of utility companies.

Smart Meters Inflate Utility Bills
Recent testing of seven different smart meters in Michigan showed that five overcharged significantly against actual energy usage, while two slightly undercharged. The largest discrepancy was a meter which charged 592% more than the actual power usage.

Free Legal Consultation
Matthews & Associates is investigating smart meter problems for possible litigation. Contact us for a free legal consultation regarding a potential smart meter lawsuit.

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