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Ines I’m no expert but how could the meter possibly trip that RCD since it’s feeding the premises and ahead of all your overcurrent and short circuit protection. It also seems unlikely that the wireless reading could trip a breaker. I wished I had an answer
UK smart meters contain a SIM card that connect to the local mobile phone network. In areas of poor reception the device increases antenna power and output to try and get a better signal. This is in the form of non-ionising radiation and has an adverse effect on electronics and biologicals. The aluminium foil blocks the signal, note I spelt ALUMINIUM correctly... :tonguewink:

The increased power of the phone signal caused the RCD electronics to detect a fault and operate the device.

@Ines Spires I would again hassle them and request an external antenna is fitted to the SM, they are readily available and easy to install, this should stop the nuisance tripping.

And I'm now in smug mode.

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Plant and animal. Not plumbers though as they have their own genome...
The International Angency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of W.H.O, categorised all RF / microwave energy close to the body as a Group 2B "possible human carcinogen" in 2011 and that is likely to be upgraded to a 2A "probable human carcinogen" in the next couple of years as the scientific and medical evidence has become stronger. It can also cause headaches and outher neurological adverse symptoms in some people.

As to the RFI/EMC interference issue, electrical and electronic equipment only has to be immune to a signal strength of 3 volts per metre under the EMC Regulations. Close to a mobile phone or a Smart meter, the levels are often over 20 volts per metre. So the Smart Meter should not have been installed so close to the Consumer Unit. But does OFGEM or anyone else give guidance on this - of course not.
 

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