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Once you realize that smart meters give off radiation just like WiFi does, you may wonder how they compare.
That’s what we’re going to look at today.
Now normally, “battles” involve good vs bad, but in this case, it just might be bad vs badder.
Yes, I’m aware that’s not a real word, but you get what I’m trying to say…
Let’s get started!
Understanding Smart Meter Radiation
We have smart devices all over our homes, and now even our utility meters are smart, meaning they no longer have to be read as they can communicate wirelessly.
If you’ve ever wondered what kind of consequences that has, you have a right to be concerned.
All wireless and “smart” devices operate using radio frequencies, and the energy emitted is known as radio frequency radiation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared that this form of radiation – sometimes lumped together with the term ‘EMF’ – can cause symptoms such as vomiting, fatigue, headaches, and even depression.
To put things in perspective, think of your microwave – how it nukes food in a matter of seconds? It uses the same radio waves – or ‘micro’waves – as smart meters. Except smart meters run 24/7, and they pulse, meaning their radiation levels peak off the charts, so to speak, every few seconds.
Understanding WiFi Radiation
As previously mentioned, all wireless tech – as long as full communication settings are enabled – emit radio frequency radiation.
Just how much it emits depends on various factors such as battery power, signal strength, and distance from whatever device it’s communicating with or “paired” with.
Most people use various sources of WiFi all throughout the day, many times all at once. This being the case, there’s a cumulative effect at play that few people realize is there.
Because it’s not just our cell phones – it’s our routers, our wireless printers, our bluetooth devices, our smart home products, and the list goes on.
And all of these devices utilize radio frequencies similar to that of a microwave oven in the 2.4 GHz range. Together, they have a much larger impact on the body than if we were just exposed to one single source at any given time.
High amounts of this radiation can cause dysregulation of cells, changes in brain patterns and sperm count, mood alterations, and more. And all of THAT is made worse by the fact that WiFi is usually on 24 hours a day, seven days a week – in one form or another.
And since wifi penetrates walls easily, it’s not like you can just go to another room to escape it.
Now to the comparison between smart meter radiation vs wifi.
A few things to note…
Why Smart Meters May Have a Greater Impact Than WiFi Radiation
When you look at various smart devices and compare their energy levels to one another, it can give you some idea of how bad the radiation’s impact may be on the body.
Smart meters run 24/7 and are therefore constantly emitting radiation. In one report, it was determined that smart meters can impact the body 160 times more significantly than cell phones when comparing cumulative whole body exposure.
Considering that cell phones have been shown to increase your risk of getting cancer, this is not exactly good news.
One of the problems associated with smart meters is that in many areas of the country, customers are forced to get one.
This is because utility companies benefit from you having one since they no longer have to come to your home to “read” the meter. They can simply do so from their offices.
Whether it’s more accurate than an analog meter is debatable, but utility companies love these smart meters and make it increasingly difficult to refuse them in the forms of fees and red tape.
The #1 Difference Between Smart Meter and Wireless Radiation: Choice
When it comes to the difference between smart meter and WiFi radiation, it mostly boils down to one word:
When it comes to cell phones, you can decrease your usage and even purchase a type of phone that has a lower SAR value. You can also implement other ways to decrease cell phone radiation like utilizing airplane mode.
With smart meters, they’re installed on your home even if you don’t want it in many cases. And the only changes you can make to decrease your exposure involve financial investment.
Considering that smart meters emit pulses of radiation up to 14,000 times per day, every day of the year, that is a lot of radiation you’re being exposed to essentially without your consent.
If you’re lucky enough to have a choice with your smart meter, choosing a standard analog one is always your best bet.
If you can’t, here are some ways to protect against smart meter radiation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do smart meters work?
Smart meters are digital devices that record your usage electronically and then wirelessly send that straight to the utility company.
What can I do if the city insists on installing a smart meter in my home?You can place a protective barrier of some type between you and the meter. Some examples include flex shields, which can reduce up to 95% of all EMF radiation. If the meter faces your backyard, patio, or anywhere else where your family hangs out or children play, you should get a smart meter cover.
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