Smart meters are digital display, electric utility meters that transmit information wirelessly to the utility companies using RF (radio frequency) signals.
Analog meters are the "old style" of meter (with the small dials on the front) and do NOT transmit or communicate wirelessly.
Some states have implemented an "opt-out" process that allows customers to continue using an analog meter on their homes.
Smart meters are harmful to humans and pets, and they also cause fires and explosions and can be used for surveillance. This page focuses on the health effects. Here is a partial list:
Tumors and cancer
Neurological damage, memory problems
Genetic and hormonal changes, sperm damage
Degradation of immunity
Detached (or torn) retinas (seeing flashing lights in your eyes)
Eye pain, vision problems
Migraines, pressure in the head
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Disturbance of voltage-gated calcium channels
Pregnancy complications, miscarriages
Damages the blood-brain barrier
Inability to sleep, insomnia, fatigue
Tingling, burning skin, rashes
Involuntary muscle contractions, spasms, cramps
The following information is from an article titled "Smart Meters--Not So Smart; How Dangerous and Expensive Became "Smart"--An Expose' of the Smart Grid."
Across the U.S. installers continue to replace comparatively safe analog (mechanical) utility meters with digital “smart” meters for electrical, gas and water services. Most of the new meters are wireless two-way transmitters that pulse signals to communicate continuously between your home, school, or workplace and utility companies miles away. The new meters are part of a nationwide project dubbed Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Most folks call this evolving make-over the “smart grid.”
The AMI “smart” meter records electrical consumption data and sends the information wirelessly to energy system managers. “Smart” meters can be programmed to read and transmit data monthly, or up to every fifteen seconds. Data may be relayed by systems similar to mobile phones or Wi-Fi.
AMI is nested within the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009, and the federal government has shoveled an estimated eleven billion dollars into incentive programs for utilities that participate.
To see a chart showing the total federal grant awards for every state, click here.
AMI is calibrated to expose all Americans to three new and powerful sources of microwave radiation: “smart” meters, “smart” appliances, and a ubiquitous network of antennas on utility poles and cell towers in urban and rural neighborhoods. Neither the federal government nor grid profiteers have undertaken a single public health study about the long-term health effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from “smart” meters. Yet medical literature is now loaded with peer-reviewed studies about the non-thermal biological effects of exposure to EMR.
Peer-reviewed studies report DNA damage, abnormal genetic and hormonal changes, sperm damage, pregnancy complications, weakening of the blood-brain barrier, disturbance of voltage-gated calcium channels (for example, in the heart), degradation of immunity, and certain types of cancers.
Especially worrisome, says AAEM, is mounting evidence that inescapable electromagnetic fields exposure from smart meters places children at particular risk for altered brain development and for impaired learning and behavior. These concerns are corroborated by the blockbuster BioInitiative Report 2012. Produced by twenty-nine medical and public health experts from ten countries, the BioInitiative Report offers a meta-analysis of over eighteen hundred new scientific studies showing that chronic exposure to both ELF and microwaves poses a serious health hazard.
In addition, some residents within AMI mesh networks may also have “Medusa” meters on their property. One investigator reports: “A utility whistle blower told us about a special smart meter—a mini cell phone tower. This collection device receives data and more radiation from five hundred to seven hundred surrounding meters and uses the customer’s premises to serve as a relay station to transmit other neighbors’ data along the mesh network to collection points. These Medusa meters are deployed upon properties without the owner’s knowledge or consent. The utilities select a property for this meter based upon easy meter access to the street, no locked gates or dogs and good customer payment history. . . Utilities reward good customers with a Medusa meter and bathe their homes with additional toxic radiation.”
Source: January 19, 2015, report titled "Smart Meters--Not So Smart; How Dangerous and Expensive Became "Smart"--An Expose' of the Smart Grid. Click here