Yes, Smart Meters do enable utilities to remotely control your appliances

Despite what utilities tell us, the fact is that Smart Meters can and will enable utilities to “determine the amount of power being used by a particular appliance within the home of the customer.”

Furthermore, “the other purpose of the device is that it ‘can be remotely activated when demand is high to help manage electricity consumption by making small adjustments to the appliance(s) that you enroll in the program (including central air conditioner, electric water heater and/or in-ground pool pump) for short periods of time.'”

This is happening in Canada right now.  See the news article here >>

13 Responses to Yes, Smart Meters do enable utilities to remotely control your appliances

  1. Doug Taylor August 11, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    Has anyone come up with a device that can be inserted into your electrical panel, or elsewhere downstream, to jumble or encrypt the RF feedback that Zigbee utilizes to spy on us? I’m not sure if people understand the insidious nature of ability to monitor (eventually) every electrical device you use? The likelihood of software existing that can read the RF feedback from TV screens, stereo speakers (which are, after all, giant microphones if you reverse the nature of the electrical current flow), vibrator, heat lamp for growing herbs and other (soon to be outlawed) homeopathic remedies, etc is great. “Big money got no soul” is a line from a Rush tune that echoes all-too-true.
    “It is well and good that the American people do not understand how the banking system works. For if they did there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning” Henry Ford. Today we simply need to chnge the words “banking system” with “corporate system”.

    • Xy August 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      Doug Taylor: An industrial grade of whole house suppressor is what you are seeking.

      Get one like sine tamer or an industrial strength equivalent that is fully reliable.

      Just make certain it is industrial strength.
      Expect to spend around a thousand bucks.
      The best way to think of this is to decide to buy a suppressor once instead of paying for not buying one over an over again by being held hostage to the utility’s highjacking bills.

      View this choice as the way to avoid years of smart meter bills all the time, every one of which is up to1000% higher for the same “usage” you always used.

      The bills are based on the pulses and spikes you will eliminate using a whole house suppressor.
      At very least buy a suppressor which is correctly designed to withstand the increase in heat that is generated by the suppression of microwaves. This is key, as is an LED alert to let you know about the status after surges and to tell you it is still operating. You are looking for one with a range to protect every surge from lightening to utility surges and right on down to the smallest emf pulses detectable.
      The correctly designed suppressor can also neutralize wireless frequencies which couple to energized home wiring so that it does not continuously circulate throughout the home’s entire electrical system.
      De-energize the bedroom circuits at very least at night with an installed bedside kill switch, to make healing sleep possible.

      The external housing of the suppressor is key, it must be built to match a 15 to 25 year guaranteed replacement warranty under conditions of continuous exposure to suppressed sine waves which when suppressed transform into heat.

      The range of the frequencies an industrial suppressor will suppress and the number of amps it is designed to address are also very significant. No point getting a 30 amp suppressor for a 200 amp situation.

      Suppressors are designed to be sacrificial units. The poorly designed ones often fail fairly soon, and the owner does not even know, unless they happen to spot oxidative powder inside the circuit box. If any reliable suppressor fails it should be replaced free of charge. The excellent ones rarely fail at all. They all must have their own ground rod added. It takes about 20 to 40 minutes to install one beside or inside the service panel inside the home.
      You really do get what you pay for when it comes to using a suppressor for regaining privacy, health, and affordable energy bills.

      Just don’t cheap out and get some generic suppressor from the local hardware store or some brand that is only a few hundred dollars and which may soon fail and meanwhile could lead to a false sense of security.
      A suppressor intended to smooth out and tame sine waves will address the sine wave that is the source of most “smart” problems.
      `The correct type can also prevent frequency graphing and analysis of activities in the home as well as metadata theft and will also stop the pulses and spikes associated with higher billing and microwave sickness.

      Another good reason to prevent surges is FIRE hazard.
      IN fact you may want to check if you get a possible discount on home insurance by having one of these.

      Lastly an industrial strength whole house suppressor suppresses the SMPS (switching mode power supply) which is the agent most responsible for bleeding noses, ears, even eyes, and the breaching of the blood brain barrier which is leading to chronic disability caused by the smart grid.
      To protect the meter base wires, be sure to add an rf. choke to the electrical mast, wrapped around it an joined back to itself.
      This requires a bit more diligence to find out about but is not a complicated way to deal with the damn frequencies they are using for the data extraction smart grid which is ending up behaving no different than a mini EMP weapon able to slowly demolish and degrade and ultimately to ruin uninsulated incompatible home wiring.

      The best place to learn how to suppress rf. on an electrical mast is to browse the ham radio sites and talk to these ham hobbyists since these people tend to suppress rf. on their own radio antennas when not in use.

      Smart grid frequencies violate electrical code and building code. Period.

      No person has the right to tamper with your privately owned UL safety approved meter base – let alone to tamper with everything else connected to it, the service panel, circuits, wiring, outlets, fixtures, appliances. electronics –

      This includes any stranger you did NOT hire who is about to compromise YOUR home insurance (excluded perils such as sloppy workmanship) and is doing so while on your property tampering with your meter base wiring, taking away a compatible analogue meter that is in good working order and then hot swapping in an incompatible “smart” device slapped on to a base only meant to match up to an electromechanical meter.
      This is a SERIOUS MISMATCH.

      Further risk is present when this is done while your home is under full load during the procedure. And yes, they do “hot” install these devices under full load all the time.
      This is done in order to abet the use of stealth and to deploy at top speed in the homeowner’s absence, as a way to manage to avoid alerting the homeowner that they are doing this at all.

      Tampering with your property, your meter socket, and your electrical system is SERIOUS. Yet that is exactly what is happening everywhere.


      For some reason more people than not, do not question others actions on their own properties. They do not realize that these people do not want their ID knwn. They do not understand that one has the RIGHT to say NO.

      Many are hard wired to “obey” almost anyone, even a temporary worker with no license messing with their electrical system.

      Others are either servile,or else are unaware that their consent must be withheld for such actions.
      Others seem to feel compelled to comply against their own best interests.

      It seems that the majority do not any longer see themselves as entitled to basic rights.

      And certainly most are not thinking this through, the enormous private personal risks involved in this smart meter scam.


      Ask yourself this – Who is accountable for the liability of this global scheme to transfer assets to the few from the many?
      The answer is YOU.


      Who will pick up the tab for damage and harm to home and occupants when the harm itself is used to make $$$ off total harmonic distortion which turns entire areas into one single pulsing antenna?

      Who will pay for damages from pulses and spikes which make the utility big bucks by using the private home system to run the commercial grid – while putting private property homeowners at serious risk of fire, and home occupants at serious risk of permanent microwave disease disability and total privacy loss, etc.?

      A tampered meter base can VOID house insurance.

      If so you need that base inspected AFTER a smart meter is installed on it.

      Smart meters generate and enable frequencies which tend to damage the base and create conditions conducive to incipient fires which can occur at a later date.
      Just this, a single slightly bent jaw/prong on YOUR meter base creates ongoing arcing, corrosion, and overheating of a plastic device with a low melting flashpoint.
      What you have on the home is a combustible device which catches fire at low temperatures.
      This is akin to arson, really.

  2. George Karadimas February 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Experts: Smart grid poses privacy risks

    “Technologists already are worried about the security implications of linking nearly all elements of the U.S. power grid to the public Internet. Now, privacy experts are warning that the so-called “smart grid” efforts could usher in a new class of concerns, as utilities begin collecting more granular data about consumers’ daily power consumption.

    “The modernization of the grid will increase the level of personal information detail available as well as the instances of collection, use and disclosure of personal information,” warns a report (PDF) jointly released Tuesday by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a think tank made up of chief privacy officers, advocates and academics.

    Smart grid technology — including new “smart meters” being attached to businesses and homes — is designed in part to provide consumers with real-time feedback on power consumption patterns and levels. But as these systems begin to come online, it remains unclear how utilities and partner companies will mine, share and use that new wealth of information, experts warn.

    “Instead of measuring energy use at the end of each billing period, smart meters will provide this information at much shorter intervals,” the report notes. “Even if electricity use is not recorded minute by minute, or at the appliance level, information may be gleaned from ongoing monitoring of electricity consumption such as the approximate number of occupants, when they are present, as well as when they are awake or asleep. For many, this will resonate as a ‘sanctity of the home’ issue, where such intimate details of daily life should not be accessible.”

    According to the study, examples of information that utilities and partner companies might be able to glean from more granular power consumption data include whether and how often exercise equipment is used; whether a house has an alarm system and how often it is activated; when occupants usually shower, and how often they wash their clothes.

    Other privacy risks could result from the combination of information from two separate users of the smart grid: For example, roaming smart grid devices, such as electric vehicles recharging at a friend’s or acquaintance’s house, could create or reveal additional personal information.”

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE, Including Energy usage(LOAD) appliance signatures

  3. George Karadimas February 6, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    “Confidentiality isn’t the final word on consumer privacy”

    “For utilities, this has been a tough lesson: Confidentiality is a part of privacy, but it is not the end of privacy concerns. Privacy also encompasses the use, sharing and safeguarding of customer information, which includes information that can reveal consumer activities and lifestyles.

    Noting that, beyond the confidentiality vs. privacy lesson, utilities are different with different specific needs, Rebecca Herold, nevertheless, sees commonality for at least the first few steps in the privacy training process. Herold helms the privacy subcommittee within the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s cybersecurity group.”

    “The privacy subgroup will be considering these issues (among others) for future revisions of their privacy recommendations:

    * How consumer energy usage data within the smart grid is sent to smartphones and other mobile devices;

    * How smart grid data is sent to or incorporated within social media sites;

    * How smart grid data is being stored, managed or accessed from cloud services;

    * How emerging areas with smart meters and HAN will be addressed;

    * How big data will impact privacy;

    * How consumer energy use data is used for research and analysis;

    * How information from smart appliances may be used; and
* How malware may impact smart grid privacy.

    As sure as there continue to be mini-blind sales and discussions about Facebook privacy policies, it is certain that privacy concerns won’t disappear from either the consumer or industry consciousness. And, since privacy issues won’t be going away, utilizing the most efficient way to address them is just smart business sense.”

    And my Conclusion reading this article??

    The SMART GRID/Smart METER National Disgrace, has OPENED FAR AND WIDE the Proverbial PANDORA’S BOX …and the Vested Interest Industry Pundits are Scrambling to find PATCHES the size of FOOTBALL Fields to cover the ABOMINATION!

  4. Michael C Davie January 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    This campaign is absolute rubbish! Allowing electric power customers to opt out will only increase electric service costs due to the expense of paying for human meter readers. No studies have shown adverse effects on humans from Smart Meter RF signals that can only monitor electric usage by the hour (or minute) in your whole home, not in specific appliances, and also let the power company know when your power service is interrupted by a distribution failure, even if you are not at home. The meters will also report customer power use during off-peak hours so we can be charged less for heating hot water or washing clothes and dishes and drying clothes at night.

    • George Karadimas January 10, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      Mr. Davie,

      You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and my opinion is that by keeping the Analog meters we insure that the Meter Reader jobs stay in America and put food on the table for those engaged in that service, instead of relegating them to the trash heap of unemployment and economic marginalization, by sending their jobs to china via the smart grid/meter boondoggle.

      You Say “No studies have shown adverse effects on humans from Smart Meter RF signals” and that is TRUE ….BECAUSE NO STUDIES HAVE BEEN MADE! and that is what the Smart Meter Awareness Folks have been asking for. Perhaps you need to review this article where in Vermont the Public officials finally are taking the responsibility to insure the safety of their citizens To be sure it is a start and other states are bound to follow shortly.

      Regarding your statement ” only monitor electric usage by the hour (or minute) in your whole home, not in specific appliances” you have a lot to learn by studying the following report published by the Congressional Research Service, Start on Page Three (3) and your ignorance on the subject mater is guaranteed to be re-mediated.

      You also state that “The meters will also report customer power use during off-peak hours so we can be charged less for heating hot water or washing clothes and dishes and drying clothes at night.”, Which is true, BUT THEN you Sir need to realize that you are no longer in control of your circumstances and that the Smart Meter fitted on your abode, has relegated you to the class of managed resources of the electric utility, and not a consumer/customer of a product that you use as you see best fit for your life’s circumstances.

      I invite you to continue this discussion, because it is obvious to me that you are a thinking person whose ignorance of the facts can be remedied with education.

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