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I’m currently in the home-buying process, and some of the homes I’m looking at have Smart Meters installed. Thankfully, I live somewhere where we can easily opt-out and have an Analogue Meter installed by the utility company, so making that modification would not be too difficult. However, I’m concerned about my house’s close proximity to other neighboring houses that DO have smart meters installed in them.

My question is, could my neighbor’s smart meter setups still affect me in my house? If so, what general distance would you need to be away from a neighboring one, in order to keep a low level of EMF in the house? Also, could some of their smart meter electricity “cross over” into my lines and give me some unwanted EMF in my home? Or do I not need to consider any of that, and if I simply replace my smart with analogue, I am good to go?
 

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I’m currently in the home-buying process, and some of the homes I’m looking at have Smart Meters installed. Thankfully, I live somewhere where we can easily opt-out and have an Analogue Meter installed by the utility company, so making that modification would not be too difficult. However, I’m concerned about my house’s close proximity to other neighboring houses that DO have smart meters installed in them.

My question is, could my neighbor’s smart meter setups still affect me in my house? If so, what general distance would you need to be away from a neighboring one, in order to keep a low level of EMF in the house? Also, could some of their smart meter electricity “cross over” into my lines and give me some unwanted EMF in my home? Or do I not need to consider any of that, and if I simply replace my smart with analogue, I am good to go?

Smart meters are no more of a concern than mobile phones.
 

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As above, if you are worried about RF emissions from your smart Meyer then you had better make sure that you do not have a mobile phone or a WiFi router in your house.
 

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Smart meters have gotten a lot of bad publicity about EMF, perhaps because people have latched onto them being a bit of a secretive black box that the utility company has installed in your home. But there is nothing very special about them, they are just measuring devices with a radio transceiver built in. They don't 'do anything' to the electricity passing through; they just measure the usage and send radio transmissions of the billing data, like your laptop sends radio transmissions of your emails.

The intensity of radio waves decreases with the inverse square of distance. At ten feet away from a source, they are only 1% as powerful as at 1 foot. Therefore a smart meter chattering away in a mesh configuration, passing data along to the collection point, although quite powerful and constantly active, might give you less incident RF energy than average use of a laptop on the table in front of you.

There is a lot of misleading, biased, confused and ignorant content about smart meters on the WWW. Much of what you read will be wrong. Do your homework carefully, understand the motivation and level of integrity behind any postings, ads or 'studies' you find. Many are the work of charlatans who want to sell you their 'solution' for EMF exposure, or conspiracy theorists who simply don't understand the technology.
 

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