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Posted 2/7/13
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz you lose
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Posted 2/7/13
I think that as long as you don't have a basement full of grow lamps, you'll be okay. I wish the meters were smart enough to turn off the tv when my kid walks away from it, or turn off the lights for me when I forget and leave the room. I would trade a lot of privacy for a little bit of lazy.
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Posted 2/7/13

mhibicke wrote:

I think that as long as you don't have a basement full of grow lamps, you'll be okay. I wish the meters were smart enough to turn off the tv when my kid walks away from it, or turn off the lights for me when I forget and leave the room. I would trade a lot of privacy for a little bit of lazy.


You could always put in motion sensor switches in. The ones I have seen are a bit pricey to do all at once but it could be done a little at a time.

As for the smart meters I have no issue with them at all. If they want to make sure they are billing me correctly then that's fine. I don't feel like my privacy is being invaded in any way or my health is being put at risk.
Posted 2/10/13
Mine would explode.
Posted 2/10/13 , edited 2/10/13
whts this shit

i am not going to complain my government game me free solarpanels
and then i got my self a windpowerd small garden turbine am saving my self like 75% in my electric bill


only thing that gets me is the gas bill
Posted 2/10/13
All of America failed this test
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Posted 2/10/13
soon all appliances will be 'smart' and will be in two way contact with the utility company so they can be shut down in order to prevent a brown out. smart meters are the first step.
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Posted 2/10/13
They should've called it the iMeter, people would be lining up to have them installed.
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Posted 2/18/13
Run a search on Amory B. Lovins, and his book "Reinventing the Fire" and several other great books on zero energy systems and other topics the title I referred to shows a plan for the U.S. to operate off of sustainable energy for at least 150 years. Japan already has a model operating in Japan that uses the smart meters and the system Lovins and The Rocky Mountain Initiative proposed for the U.S. It's actually very interesting, a community all working together to create/use energy. It's cool, houses all have exterior photo-voltaics that power into the smart meter and it's battery (to store energy), power created by the house also feeds into the electric car. Each individual house uses it's battery to power it's users and is regulated by the smart meter which details daily energy captured and used, as well as informing the home owners as to their patterns of electric usage and where they can reduce usage. At the end of the day extra energy collected is sold to the energy company for a profit to the homeowner.
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Posted 2/19/13 , edited 2/19/13
Never even heard of them, but they sound like devices that the government would use to spy on its citizens.... what exactly do these 'smart' meters even do, do they even do anything remotely interesting?
Posted 2/19/13
nope , doesn't exists in my place
Posted 2/19/13
What the hell is that?
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Posted 2/19/13
Heck the biggest issue I would worry about is if they can handle the current of a large load. Your typical residential mains breaker is set to pop at 200A if the meter blows before that I could see issues. We recently got a digital meter on our house after the glass on are analog one was cracked in a hail storm. Funny thing is the glass on the analog one was broken for at least a few months before they replaced the dam thing so lord knows how much rain water got in it. I see no major issues other then the question that keeps popping in my head will the digital meter safely handle large current draws or will it go pop and catch fire. I tend to laugh at the omg it uses RF people. I am a licensed amateur radio operator and have looked up RF levels etc and had to go through the hassle of calculating exposure levels and would be willing to bet these meters are even more harmless then your typical cell phone i doubt they even put out 1/2 a watt. I find the digital readout on the meter much nicer to read then trying to guesstimate the exact values from an analog meter.
Posted 2/20/13
Smart meters are used to track people , its nice that other people have control of your power in your house
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Posted 2/24/13
oh i hate them!! we had them installed at my house as well. I currently reside in Australia Victoria and my electricity costs at the moment went through the roof.
Most electricity companies here (im lumo) don't provide quarterly bills anymore. Once the smart meter is installed it's a monthly payment. Just copped an electricity bill in less than 30 days for over $200. In my opinion it's a money making scheme ><
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