There is a saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Utilities sometimes like to downplay concerns about wireless smart meters by explaining that the meters are normally mounted to the outside of the home and that most of the RF radiation emitted from the meter should be directed away from the home. Without taking the time to dispute the relevance of that possible assertion at this juncture, what about the “real life” situation pictured below where the smart meter is not directed “away” from the home? Should a smart meter be mandated for this home? Would you want to sleep in the bedroom pictured below? Would you want your young children to sleep in the room labeled as the Main Bedroom?
The above graph shows actual transmission pulses from the smart meter as detected in the bedroom at a distance of 2 meters (and penetrating the house wall). Through personal communications, I have been assured that no Wi-Fi, cordless phones, etc., were in the immediate vicinity of the home while the monitoring was performed.
Rather than presenting the specific power density measurements taken for this home, which I did not perform, I would like to present the results of a simple calculation that should be valid for any home, using typical smart meter specifications and using the equation shown in the figure. If you assume a power output, P, for the smart meter of one (1) watt and an antenna gain g of 2.5, the expected power density PD at two (2) meters would be 50,000 microwatts per square meter. If one then also assumes that the bedroom wall would attenuate the readings by a factor of 10, the expected RF exposure levels in the Main Bedroom at two (2) meters from the smart meter could be reduced to about 5,000 microwatts per square meter (assuming that RF wave reflection does not play a significant role). Thus, even with the “shielding” offered by the Main Bedroom outer wall, anticipated exposure values would still exceed the action levels recommended in the BioInitiative Report 2012 as well as the older and less restrictive BioInitiative Report from 2007.
No doubt the utility company response to any concerns voiced by the homeowner for a smart meter and home configuration shown similar to above would be to suggest that the homeowner move the service line to another location at his or her own expense (which would normally cost several thousands of dollars). Would that type of response from a utility company seem fair?
Finally, just to summarize the main message for this website posting, … would you want to live in the home pictured above with a mandated wireless smart meter?
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