House Bill 4220 (2017)
by David Sheldon

It has been brought to my attention that, in all these months of reporting discussions about our bill in the House Energy Committee, that we had neglected to put up a concise summary of what the bill would do. Here is an official summary of the bill, as prepared by the Legislative Service Bureau. The bill is still stalled in the House Energy Committee. We need about three more votes to pass it out of committee.

Frequently Asked Questions About House Bill 4220:

Would I have to accept a digital meter or radio-off meter in place of the smart meter?

Ans: No. You are entitled to have any electric or gas smart meter removed and replaced with the traditional analog electro-mechanical meter.

What about my smart water meter?

Ans: That was originally in the bill too, but subsequently the ability to keep a smart or ‘advanced’ water meter off your home was put into a separate bill, House Bill 4338, which was referred to the Local Government committee. All remaining questions refer to HB 4220.

Would I have to pay to have the smart meter removed from my home?

Ans: No, unless the smart meter was installed after the effective date of this bill and you initially consented to its installation. The $150 remove and replace fee mentioned in the bill applies only to those who consented to a smart meter installation in the first place. If you did not consent, you do not have to pay.

Would I have to pay a monthly fee for someone to come out and read my traditional analog meter?

Ans: Not if you read it yourself and report it accurately every month.

I hesitate to visit my health care practitioners, or even go to a library or city council meeting because of the health symptoms I get when exposed to the smart meters on these buildings. Is anything being done about that?

Ans: All businesses can, if they so choose, have their smart meters removed and replaced with traditional analog meters. We think that many small medical and health care practices will make this choice in order to accommodate the needs of their patients and employees.


Apparently Everything According to a
New GE Commercial

by Vigilant Dave

In this GE commercial we are flooded with warm fuzzy images – a father playing with his child, a mother affectionately holding her baby. Then the commercial goes on to tell us of the wonders of appliances we can monitor and control from our smart phones, appliances that listen to us and respond to verbal commands, and so much more. What about our privacy? Blankout! What about giving up control of our appliances to utility companies or energy czars? Blankout! What about the fact that devices that can listen for our commands can also record every bit of conversation that happens in a home? Blankout again!

Were all these new features created in order to satisfy consumer desires? Or are we being soft soaped into accepting all this to satisfy the desires of a political and technocratic elite who want to manage our lives?

Everyone should watch this video and decide:

Before we get too excited about the possibilities of this new technology we should read GE’s privacy policy here.

For details as to all this will affect specific appliances see “The WiFi Connect Kitchen” here.

Finally, on a humorous note, watch this spoof of commercials like the one you saw above: