PG&E Smart meters

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PG&E Smart meters

Post by oleblueize » July 21st, 2010, 9:36 pm

Hello All,
Sorry I haven't been on for awhile and haven't made your meetings. I do have a question for anyone. As you have seen in the news, PG&E is putting in those "smart meters" in homes now. Has anyone heard any concerns about residents with ICDs having them in their homes? PG&E says it is less frequency than cell phones....

Any thoughts about these meters & ICD people?????

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Post by Greg a » July 21st, 2010, 11:17 pm

Goooooooooooooooood question they are here in Ontario as well

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Post by freckles1880 » July 22nd, 2010, 8:04 am

If you mean the water and electric meter that remit radio waves and are read from a vehicle. We have them here. I never thought about them but have had ours for about 3 years and my ICD for 18months. I have never had any problems with interference. The water on is about 10 feet from where I sit to watch TV downstairs and the gas one is just outside the concrete foundation wall where I am writing this.

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Post by wingnut73 » July 22nd, 2010, 12:29 pm

I am not sure, but I believe thise meters only transmit when they are interrogated by the reader in the vehicle. at any rate they are such low power that should not be a problem to us.
BTW, I live about 1000' from a 5000watt AM radio station and that was the first question that I askede when the Dr. started talking ICD!

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Post by Kat » July 25th, 2010, 10:30 am

Hi all, my guy is currently working for a company that makes smart meters. He said that the guidelines he sees all say that if it is safe to use your cell phone around your device, it is safe to have or be near a smart meter.

PS. As I understand it, these smart meters are everywhere across the country, not just in CA. I am going to move this into the main forum so others can join into the conversation.
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Post by TravelingMan » July 25th, 2010, 10:48 am

Was on a flight several months ago with a guy that sells these systems. Seems like the system payback was about 18-24 months. They are definitely getting popular. I wouldn't think there would be any interference. As I understood it, the unit was basically an RFID chip with an interrogation unit that was able to interrogate from a distance.

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Post by BillB » July 25th, 2010, 9:38 pm

Have had one of these meters for electric for about 6 months with no problems. The meter is less than 6 feet from where I sit while watching the boob tube. No problems so far. Will be getting one for natural gas also in the next month. It will be on the far end of our house, so should not be a problem either. Good question though.


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