Smart meters were created to monitor and provide information on consumer’s electric consumption and helps consumer analyze their electric usage and thus helping them conserve energy by adjusting electric usage base on peak hours and non peak hours. This sounds to be a smart move for it reduce costs and reduce energy and very timely since the U.S. government and almost all government in the world are embracing the “green” campaign.

Some Americans are hesitant with the Smart meter. They are doubtful with this  technology that is supposed to reduce usage of electricity and helps  save money.  Is is really for a greener cause or a scheme that will trick consumers into thinking that by consuming less energy means saving money? Do we have reasons for our doubts and fear or this is just a misunderstanding of the Smart Meter technology?

Here are some issues why some American does not want the Smart meter to be installed in their system and some American may have forgotten to consider before having the smart meter installed in their homes:

1. Peak Hours and Time Usage – With Smart Meters, your electrical consumption will be varied from your time usage. It would mean that there are times that you will be billed higher and there will be times that you will be charged lower. Peak times such as night time where electric consumption rises and holidays like Christmas season would result to higher charge. With these concept, you will be forced to turn off some of your appliances and devices because you know that you will be charged higher. For some, it is a form of deprivation.

2. Privacy and Security – Smart meters are like mobile phones in your electric meter, it gathers real-time data and send it somewhere to be processed and send back to you to remind you of your energy usage which is quite uncomfortable. Question arises like “Who is viewing my data on my night time TV viewing?” “What about the electric consumption on the computers at my home? Can they also record my internet usage?” It is also worth taking note that Smart meters can automatically shut off your air conditioning system when it analyzes that it is excessively consuming too much power. Or the fact that someone can determine if your at home or not because of your electricity usage.

3. Accuracy – Another major issue is its accuracy. In Texas and California, the installation of Smart meters was once halted when Peter Flores filed complaints that his monthly bill went up from $200 to $500. Mark Toney of The Utility Reform Network (TURN) consumer group in San Francisco said that misperforming Smart meters have led to utilities handing out refunds.

4. Health and Radiation – The Smart meter is a wireless technology which means it is delivered via radiowaves and or technology similar to wireless phones which there are issues it causes health problems such as nausea.

If there is one clear winner for the ongoing dispute of the Smart meter, it is the utility companies. With Smart meters, they can control your power usage and charge you different rates but on the other hand it would also mean that lesser consumption will lead to energy conservation.

Or the utility company can come up a better solution that will not charge you different rates whether morning or afternoon or nighttime.