High start-up currents from motors like refrigerator compressors are averaged out by Analog meters, but “smart” meters record them. Also, bad calibration, electric arcing and malfunction can raise your bill. Some suspect the changeover to “s”-meters masks a covert rate increase.

Time-of-Use pricing. This is a real “cash cow” for the utilities. In the TOU pricing scheme, they will charge more during “peak” daytime usage hours.

Utilities say we’ll save money. But that’s only if we reduce consumption by using our appliances mostly at night. “Smart” meters just measure energy. Only YOU can save energy!

“Smart” meters consume power, analog meters do not. The added drain on power stations from the installation and operating costs of millions of “s”-meters will be charged to CA customers!

“Opt out” fees. The Utilities are charging up to $195 a year to opt out. Demanding payment to avoid a risk or injury is usually called “extortion.”

Check real-time usage online? “S”-meters can actually identify which appliance is drawing current, but the utilities will only show you day-old, cumulative usage online, not the itemized cost of each appliance. Why go online for that? Our bills already show total usage!

Data from an SDG&E customer’s bills show what the Utilities don’t want YOU to know:

Smart Meter Bill Increase

Source: California Coalition to Stop Smart Meters flyers, downloadable here:


FAQ: Billing Issues

Smart Meter Pricing Problems

Smart Meter Consumers Anger Grows Over Higher Utility Bills

PG&E, Customers Clash Over Smart Meters
A class action lawsuit in Bakersfield, California claims newly installed smart meters inflate customers electricity and gas use, resulting in steep hikes in utility bills.


Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen:

“CL&P’s proposal would force the company’s ratepayers to spend at least $500 million on new meters that are likely to provide few benefits in return,” Jepsen said. He urged the regulators to “continue to evaluate emerging meter system technologies as well as other conservation programs” and only approve installation of the advanced meters when they are cost effective.

Connecticut Atty. General Jepsen (2/8/11):
“Smart” meters make utility bills higher, “have no beneficial impact”, and have been officially refused:


Ct. Atty. General Jepsen’s legal brief here:


“Why Smart Meters Might Be a Dumb Idea”:

“All in all, the potential benefits that the smart-meter industry is desperate to achieve—or at least make you believe is possible—seem to be theoretical at best. If the success of the smart-meter transition is based on consumers saving money and energy in the long run, we can’t help but imagine that it could take decades for that to happen—if it ever does.”

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