Opting out is not the real solution but it is a start. Opt out options are a sham for passively silencing people. Also, Opt Out in Spokane doesn’t mean no smart meter, it means they turn off the RF but still replace your bulletproof analog meter with a digital one. RF is not the only issue as fires, higher bills (since digital can be manipulated), etc. are the other issues including spying on your appliance usage and so on.
Here is the most updated presentation by Josh del Sol and when you see the references, it will shock you! No pun intended. And some come straight from mainstream sources. Ever see 100 smart meters explode simultaneously because a truck hits a power pole? And all the outlets in the home expel black carbon from the outlets all over the walls? If you want to talk about a serious fire hazard that has never happened in the history of analog meters, this will blow your mind!
Also, when you hear what Dr. Timothy Schoechle, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy, has to say, you will know why the power companies are trying to ram these smart meters down our throat – the whole thing is a scam and the power companies know it!
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Smart meters are a hot topic these days mostly in regards to whether or not they are safe. Itron is one of the largest manufacturers of smart meters and they happen to be right here in Spokane. Avista is our local power company – used to be Washington Water Power years ago and they are now updating the power poles in various neighborhoods to accommodate the new changes. The light colored pole in the picture below is the new ones being installed next to the old one. The old ones will be removed at some point.
Whether or not smart meters are really a health hazard is one issue and whether or not you should have a choice in accepting one is another. It is a fact that smart meters have burned homes to the ground as well as other issues that are highly documented. As a matter of fact, there are entire regions such as in Canada that have outright banned them because of their dangers.
Here is a free viewing of the award winning documentary Take Back Your Power so you can see a few of these documented problems with smart meters:
To learn more about this video and about Josh del Sol’s work regarding educating the public on these matters, go here:
If you happen to be in Spokane, Washington, Avista is actually making is simple to opt out from having a smart meter installed on your home. I’m definitely opting out because regardless of anyone’s opinion to the contrary, it is an indisputable fact that smart meters have never undergone testing to prove they are safe!
If you choose to opt out, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) approved the following qualifications and charges that will be added to your Avista bill:
A $5 ongoing monthly fee to cover some of the cost of manually reading a residential non-smart meter
Note: The $5 ongoing monthly fee is waived for income qualified customers
A one-time $75 fee if you choose to opt out 31 days after a smart meter is already installed
Residential customers who live in a single-family home or a multi-plex with four units or less qualify for opt out. The request must be made by the Avista customer of record (family members, neighbors or landlords cannot act on behalf of another customer).
For your convenience, there are multiple ways to opt out of receiving a smart meter:
The opt out form is here: https://www.myavista.com/-/media/myavista/content-documents/smart-meters/noncommunicatingdigitalmeterrequestform.pdf
If you meet the qualifications, please complete and sign the application form and submit it to Avista.
Scan or take a photo of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail it to Avista at: Avista Utilities Attn: Opt Out 1411 E. Mission Ave. Spokane, WA 99202
FAX it to Avista at 509-777-9650
We must receive your signed form in order to formally complete the opt-out process. If we don’t receive your completed and signed form, it may result in you receiving a standard smart meter.
You may also contact our Call Center at 1-800-227-9187 and one of our representatives can assist you.
Here are the benefits claimed by Avista:
Feature or benefit
24/7 Access to Usage Information
Bill-to-date trend chart
Projected next bill
Remote service capabilities
Automatic outage detection
Ongoing monthly fee
One-time fee if you opt out 31-days after smart meter was installed
*Ongoing monthly fee is waived for income qualified customers
24/7 access to info? I already know what my usage is at any time and so do most people. They may not know how to calculate it, but they know what is drawing electricity. Bill trends? Any adult that has experience paying bills already knows what they are paying and what they will expect to pay on their next bill. Remove service capabilities? How many of you go on vacation and the first thing that pops into your mind is – “Gee, I wonder how many kilowatt hours of electricity my home is drawing?” – NOT. Automatic outage detection? When my lights go out, that tells me my power is out faster than any smart meter can. Also, if I’m away, my neighbors know and will call or text me so I can have someone come over and plug my refrigerators into my backup battery bank. And I have to pay $5 per month for being someone that uses common sense and isn’t relying on being glued to some website or app that is supposed to make my life easier but doesn’t?
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Here is a video showing a Plasma Ignition setup on a gasoline generator, which supplied power to a home during the day and charged up a big battery bank. Then at night when the loud noise wasn’t welcome, the generator was turned off and everything needed ran on a battery bank.
It’s difficult to say who developed the first electric car that charges it’s own batteries by coasting down a hill and having the motor become a generator.
One thing is for sure, in the 1950’s, Bob Sewell, of Spokane, Washington, retrofit a 1947 Crosley Station Wagon with an aircraft starter motor that exactly accomplishes these regenerative methods and he did it as an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Idaho.
It made national news and was even featured in a full page story in the November 1957 issue of Popular Mechanics. See it here: November 1957 Popular Mechanics
In a popular article about electric cars back in 1960, which was published in the Saturday Evening Post, Bob Sewell is even mentioned in the same paragraph as the legend Charles Proteus Steinmetz. Apparently, Steinmetz had worked out the regenerative electric car back in 1913.
“As the subject heats up, ideas keep popping out: Why not put electric chargers on parking meters, an extra dime giving a parked car ten miles of recharge while it waits? Why not design the motor to become a generator going downgrade, recharging the battery and helping to brake the car? Charles P. Steinmetz, the electrical wizard, had that worked out in 1913. Robert Sewell, an engineering student at the University of Idaho last year, now with Washington Water Power, has applied this idea to an electrified Crosley station wagon.”
Bob recently passed away so there is a lot we’ll never get to share with each other in regards to some fun and exciting electrical experiments. He definitely had a sparkle in his eye when I told him about some of the work of Eric Dollard, Jim Murray and others we’re involved with. Whenever Eric Dollard stayed at my home, he parks his car in perfect view for Bob to see all the antennas on it – something Bob could appreciate as a Ham Radio operator. Bob Sewell was my neighbor.
I’ll always remember him waving at me every time he drove by my house in his little maroon PT Cruiser, literally driving about 2 miles per hour. Happy travels Bob!