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How to Stop Smart Meters in BC

January 24, 2012

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Picture from Pig Squash Press

“EMF Pollution… the New Tobacco?” – Nora Gedgaudas, Primal Body – Primal Mind

Smart meters have been making their way into BC for the last several months, and are scheduled to complete at the end of 2012. If this were about the stupidity of smart meters, well, let’s just say it would be a long post. There’s enough on the internet about why smart meters should never have been allowed and all the health complaints people have had about them. Yes, complaints meaning problems people have had after they’ve been installed, not just concerns prior to installation. But I digress. Instead, this post is meant to empower – there’s some good resources out there for BC residents who are opposed to Smart Meters. The best resource by far is Citizens for Safe Technology, who have put together a “Smart Meter Action Kit.” Here’s a summary of what you can do to stop Smart Meters:

1) If you have not yet had a Smart Meter installed, do your best to keep it that way. Post a No Trespassing sign next to your existing meter as per these instructions. Make sure to write in your address and date, and to sign the bottom. Here’s another sign to affix, for good measure. Snap a photo of your sign next to your old meter. You may also want to stick the notices to your front door.

2) If you still have an old meter, consider enclosing it.  Apparently Corix, the installation company, has been disregarding some of the posted signs.

3) If you still have an analogue meter, send this letter of non-consent to BC Hydro to eliminate the “implied consent” argument they’re trying to use. While you’re at it, send copies to the provided list of politicians. If you prefer snail mail, check out this list of addresses.

4) If BC Hydro contacts you to insist on installing a Smart Meter, send them this letter in reply.

4) If you already have a Smart Meter Installed, send this demand for removal letter to BC Hydro. There has been at least one case of BC Hydro removing a Smart Meter.

4) Sign the Smart Meters Petition.

5) Pre-register to support a referendum on Smart Meters in BC.

6) If you’re on Facebook, you can “like” the “Stop Smart Meters in BC” page to show your support.

There are 30 municipalities that have placed a moratorium on Smart Meter installation. Take action – send the above letters, talk to your neighbours, get your municipality on that list. Even if you’ve already had a Smart Meter installed, it’s not too late. Just like they’ve installed them, they can uninstall them. BC Hydro’s saying that only 1% of BC residents are opposed to Smart Meters. Make sure your voice is heard.

If you have any other tips on how to stop Smart Meters, please share them below.

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ssilrf January 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Defend/Protect Your Analog Meter

Some people feel they have to defend and protect their current analog meter.

Smart THIS! – Pig Squash Press – October 28, 2011:
http://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/smart-this/

How to Lock Down Your Meter – Photo Gallery – Pig Squash Press – November 13, 2011:
https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/how-to-lock-down-your-meter-photo-gallery/

Smart Lock for Dumb Meters (Pat (250-335-2528) – Hornby Island):
http://www.smartmeterlock.com/pictures/

Defend Your Analog Meter: – http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/03/01/defend-your-analog-meter/

Defend Your Analog Meter Part II: – http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/28/defend-your-analog-meter-part-ii/

Defend Your Analog Meter Part III: – http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/11/defend-your-analog-meter-part-iii/

Defend Your Analog Meter Part IV: – http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/08/15/defend-your-analog-meter-part-iv/

Defend Your Analog Meter Part V: – http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/10/05/defend-your-analog-meter-part-v/

Defend Your Analog Meter Part VI: -http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/11/11/defend-your-analog-meter-part-vi/

Buy Your Analog Meter Here (USA): – http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/10/09/buy-your-analog-meter-here/

Protection around the meter must not touch the meter, be readable by the still-employed meter reader, and have good ventilation.

The meter is their property. Do not touch. Allow for reading.

The protection is your property and they should not touch it.

Attach signs & letter (protect with Ziplock bags or get laminated). Take a photograph and keep as proof.

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/ATTENTION-CORIX-No-Trespassing-Sign,86,1339

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/LETTERSIGN-to-post-on-old-nonwireless-analogue-meter,73,1235

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/DO-NOT-REMOVE-THIS-ANALOGUE-METER,86,1488

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/STOP-DO-NOT-INSTALL-SMART-METER–COPE,86,1509

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/MY-LEGAL-RIGHT-Smart-Meter-SIGN,86,864

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/MY-HUMAN-RIGHT-Smart-Meter-SIGN,86,1478

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/MY-DEMOCRATIC-RIGHT-Smart-Meter-SIGN,86,1477

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/NOTICE-NO-SMART-METER,86,716

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