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By 2019, it was estimated that cities and utility companies had installed over 94.8 million smart meters nationwide. Since then, that number has continued to grow and it’s no wonder why. Smart meters provide so much convenience! Unlike the analog meters, I love that my smart meter can be read remotely, which really saves me time (and money!).
When I look at the benefits of using smart meters, it’s easy for me to see why many communities have made the switch. However, I must admit that every rose has its thorn, and when it comes to smart meters, I have found a downside – EMF radiation.
What are Smart Meters?
Smart meters are a type of advanced energy meter that are designed to measure and record a home or building’s energy consumption in real-time. They use wireless communication technology to transmit this data directly to the energy supplier, allowing for accurate billing and real-time monitoring of energy usage. Smart meters are considered an important component of the modern smart grid, which aims to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve energy reliability.
There are two types of smart meters: AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) and AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure).
Smart Meters and EMF Radiation
As a user of a smart meter, I know that the device transmits my utility usage data wirelessly, using radiofrequency waves. Similarly, when my utility company needs to communicate with the smart meter, it sends over another radiofrequency signal. Unfortunately, these RF-EMF waves have been linked to health conditions such as glioma and male infertility. It is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with smart meters and take steps to reduce exposure.
Ways to Block Smart Meter Radiation
In this guide, I’m going to show you how I block smart meter radiation from coming into my home. If you want to know more about the fundamentals of smart meter radiation and how to identify if your utility meter is a smart meter, read my article Smart Meter Radiation: What You Should Know.
Testing Smart Meter Radiation Around The Home
To block smart meter radiation, the first step is to determine which areas of your home and yard are affected. Since these devices send data wirelessly, their signals can be quite strong and have a wide reach. To measure the strength of the RF-EMF radiation, I will need an EMF meter specifically designed to detect it.
There are numerous EMF meters available, but my preferred one is the TriField TF2,which is extensively covered in our comprehensive review. To explore more options, check out The Best EMF Meters For Any Budget.
To measure the radiation emitted by my smart meter, it is beneficial to take two readings: one from inside the house and another from outside. Smart meters transmit their signals in all directions, so it’s essential to measure levels both inside and outside the house to get an accurate understanding of the radiation’s reach.
To block smart meter radiation, I need to determine which areas of my home and yard are affected. Smart meters use radiofrequency waves to transmit data wirelessly, and measuring this radiation requires an EMF meter that can detect RF-EMF radiation. There are numerous EMF meters available on the market, but my favorite is the TriField TF2, which I discuss more in-depth in my review. For other options, I can check out The Best EMF Meters For Any Budget.
To measure the radiation from my smart meter, I should take two readings, one inside and one outside of my home. Outside, I need to take my reading next to the meter and record the results. If my smart meter updates in real-time, I can step back from the meter and observe how the reading changes. If my smart meter is close to any high-traffic outdoor areas, I should measure around those spots as well.
Inside my home, I should find the interior wall that connects to the smart meter on the outside. Then, I can take my reading near that wall and note the levels as I move away from it. Once again, it’s crucial to record the results.
It’s worth noting that there are other potential sources of EMF radiation both inside and outside of my home, which can affect the accuracy of my measurements. However, this method provides a baseline for comparison.
After taking steps to protect myself, I can repeat my readings. If the methods I took are effective, I will notice a reduction in my EMF levels.
Protecting Yourself: How To Block Smart Meter Radiation
There are a number of different things I can do to block smart meter radiation produced by the device.
Perhaps the best option for me is to simply opt out of smart meter usage if that’s an option available to me. In my area, I am legally allowed to decline the use of a smart meter on my property at no cost to me. However, in some areas, I may be able to decline their usage, but I must pay extra on my utility bill to cover the cost of manual readings. I should note that not all areas allow you to opt out of smart meter usage. But it’s certainly worth contacting the relevant department within my community to see if mine does.
Smart Meter Covers
If I am unable to opt out of using a smart meter for some reason, I can explore the option of purchasing a smart meter cover. These covers are made of metal mesh and create a Faraday cage that blocks EMF radiation from escaping while still allowing the smart meter’s signal to pass through. There are a variety of covers available on the market, but I will focus on two of the most highly-rated options.
First, there is the EMF Outfitters Smart Meter Cover. Installing this cover is easy as it simply slides over the glass screen of the meter. If it is too loose, I can adjust the tightness using the built-in tightener screw. After installation, this cover can reduce EMF radiation production by up to 98%. It is made from conductive stainless steel, which makes it durable and weather-resistant. However, it is worth noting that this cover is only suitable for electricity meters.
Another option to consider is the Smart Meter Guard EMF Shield Cover. This cover is made in the USA and can even block a 5G signal, making it highly effective at blocking out 98% of smart meter radiation. It is designed to last up to 15 years and each guard is custom built by a metal fabricator in California. Although it is more expensive than other options, it is reassuring to know that it is a handmade product.
For more information on the Smart Meter Guard cover, refer to the video below.
How To Block Smart Meter Radiation With Interior Barriers
If I’m concerned about the high levels of EMF radiation coming from my smart meter, I may want to try using a smart meter cover or an interior barrier. If I’ve already installed a cover and I’m still seeing high levels inside, it might be worth considering an interior barrier.
There are several effective EMF shielding materials available, including copper and nickel. I could install a barrier by simply screwing a sheet of copper to my interior wall, or I could use a shield like Vejesime Smart Meter Cover. This cover features advanced materials that effectively block and dissipate electromagnetic signals while still allowing accurate meter readings. Its easy-to-install design ensures a hassle-free setup, providing me with instant peace of mind.
If I don’t want to use a fabric or metal barrier, EMF paint could be a better option for me. To use EMF paint, I would need to apply a layer or two of it on the interior wall closest to the smart meter. I have heard good things about YShield’s EMF paint, which comes in a five-liter bucket and can block almost all EMF radiation with just one layer. After applying the paint, I will need to ground it by calling a licensed electrician and using a grounding unit, which I can purchase separately. Once the paint is grounded, it should effectively block the EMF radiation. If I don’t want to keep the black color of the EMF paint, I can always cover it up with another silicone-based paint.
Depending on the interior wall my smart meter connects to, it may be wise for me to rearrange the furniture in my home. Usually, it’s advisable to avoid putting a high-traffic area such as my bed or living room couch directly against that wall. Sometimes it’s unavoidable — and in those cases, interior barriers and a smart meter cover can help significantly. But if I am able to, I should shift things away from that interior wall.
What About The Neighbors?
If I live in a densely packed city, I need to consider not only the radiation coming from my smart meter but also the radiation from my neighbors’ meters. Even if I have taken all the necessary measures to reduce the EMF radiation from my meter, it is possible that the radiation from my neighbor’s smart meter is still reaching my house. In such cases, it is best to communicate with my neighbors. I could knock on their door and explain my concerns about the radiation coming from their smart meter. I could share resources with them regarding smart meter radiation and even ask if they would be willing to install a smart meter cover. However, their actions are out of my control, and they may say no. Regardless, it’s worth a try to open the lines of communication because I won’t know unless I ask.
Smart meter radiation is a growing concern, and I believe that it is crucial to take proactive measures to block smart meter radiation exposure. We can use radiation-blocking paint or mesh screens, opt-out of a smart meter installation, and limit exposure to other sources of radiation. Additionally, keeping a distance from the smart meter and using alternative energy meter options can be effective ways to minimize exposure. By being informed and understanding the potential dangers of smart meter radiation, we can take appropriate measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.