"...This is just like the ones SCE was trying to force on us..."
My initial sentiment exactly, so I started clicking through the links in the email to determine how to opt out and, in the process, found additional information about these.
The gas company states that these are very dissimilar to the electric smart meters. This does not replace the analog meter; rather, it adds a small battery-operated unit to it that turns on for a second or two daily to transmit the daily use.
That claimed transmission time seems believable to me, given that these are powered by AA batteries, and so, if accurate, the radiation from these would be inconsequential compared to the electric smart meters.
The gas company also claims these units, unlike electric smart meters, have no capability (1) to track which appliances are being used, (2) to adjust gas availability, or (3) to shut down the gas supply.
So, if these claims are accurate, essentially these units simply give them daily use data rather than the monthly use data they already get, something I don't object to, at least until someone takes the time to postulate, in a credible manner, what types of personally-damaging data they could extract from this daily data, assuming they would want to, such as how often someone showers. ;-)
Again, I'm providing the info from the gas company above, and I'm not an engineer, but until someone debunks that info with credibility, I'm inclined to believe it, given that these are simple battery-operated add-ons to the existing analog meters.
809, I am still laughing. My first question is - does your fan use a remote? If so, then your microwave somehow is remotely signalling the fan to start. Now as to why the microwave beeps for no apparent reason. Got me. Poltergeists maybe? Anyway, thanks for the laugh.
Unfortunately that, for the 2 people who had these meters installed, there was no change in the bill.
That means the data about how much gas you use doesn't affect how much you pay - so what's the point?
I would LOVE the utilities to charge for what we actually use, instead of guessing and adjusting seasonally - that is just too antiquated.
It would be even better if they just hooked into the phone line - obviating yet another wireless connection. But i suppose negotiating with other utilities is too much work.