'Smart meters' evidence check

The Science and Technology Committee invited views on the strength of the evidence in relation to smart meters.

The forum is now closed and the Committee is considering next steps.

586 Responses to Send a comment to the 'Evidence check' web forum

Jo Townsend says:
January 29, 2016 at 02:08 PM
These emit radiation classed as a possible carcionegen. These should not be in our homes adding to all the harmful EMF's already there. The more of these type of radio waves, the worse they become for our health.
Ken Bones says:
January 29, 2016 at 02:07 PM
The health risks of microwave radiation on the level envisaged - entire communities with overlapping signal emissions 24/7/365 are completely unknown. This is a reckless gamble with public health.
The security and privacy issues presented by "smart" meters are also unacceptable.
There has been no debate. Official information is entirely one sided.
Metering can be achieved by fixed static meters or wired transmission.
Public Safety comes first. Not shareholder profits. And certainly not state or commercial surveillance.
Susan white says:
January 29, 2016 at 02:01 PM
I have real concerns about the health effects, long term, we should be given a choice.
Caitlin says:
January 29, 2016 at 01:54 PM
I am already sensitive to EMF, I will not have any more electronics in the house that will add to my sensitivity. You don't know the long term effects yet. It will not make me use my electric any differently. I will be refusing to allow one to be installed as I understand it this is my right.
Tristan Gaffney says:
January 29, 2016 at 01:52 PM
People have developed health symptoms after smart meters were installed in their homes. Among others, complaints have included headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, seizures and nausea.

These smart meters are expected to be detrimental to young children and babies health. See emf safety network website for more information:

The bio-initiative report compiled by 29 experts sets out the dangers of radiofrequency radiation to health:

In the UK, the safety standard allows up to, 400 to 1000 micro-watts/cm2. This is dramatically higher than the levels at which it can affect health. This standard followed by Public Health England, set by the ICNIRP, was voted obsolete by the European Parliament in 2008 but has still not been abandoned in the UK:
eve merrick-williams says:
January 29, 2016 at 01:52 PM
There is strong evidence that the radiation from smart meters is very serious health hazard.
jo huntsman says:
January 29, 2016 at 01:52 PM
Dear Committee members,
Please investigate this very thoroughly and accept story as well as science as part of your evidence to get the full picture. Please leave us the choice as to whether or not we have these things in our homes and offices and hospitals.
Thanks you, Jo Huntsman
Susie Parkinson says:
January 29, 2016 at 01:38 PM
I am concerned about the amount of electromagnetic radiation which surrounds us and is increasing. Currently I turn off all wifi, cell phones etc overnight but fear that I would not have the option to turn off a smart meter and would have to deal with the potentially negative effects of the radiation. Another concern I have is that my electricity supply will be linked to a network that I have no control over. Fears of cyber attacks, government and utility company interference in the future and I also think it inevitable that utility companies will use this technology to force a tiered service with additional charges, similar to the way the broadband suppliers operate. I have no intention of allowing a smart meter onto my property and will fight for my rights to refuse installation up to and including going to prison!
Charlotte says:
January 29, 2016 at 01:33 PM
There is nothing smart about these metres. I had them installed, the handheld bit stopped working within days ,so I had top up the metre up manual. The metre was high up and the tops up didn't work half the time!! These metres give if radiation.
Steve Henson says:
January 29, 2016 at 01:32 PM
I have grave concerns over the safety of these devices - show me lab results compared with other wireless devices