On “Smart Meters”

On “Smart Meters”

Maybe the divergence from cave dwelling and our roots in an agrarian lifestyle started the whole chain to where we are now with our almost total dependence on the outside supply of electricity.

I once lived on a farm that had no electricity, no running water and none of today’s modern conveniences. We survived during one of the deepest depressions every experienced in America perhaps because we were not wedded to all of the things we so depend on today.

If we are to “win the future” we have to become less dependent on large government run activities. For example, the direction should be toward our own independent initiatives to reduce electricity costs and not let a government agency tell us either advisedly or forcibly when to stop using electricity from the massive national grid.

We should be localizing our utilities, not nationalizing them. For larger communities, even a number of utilities competing with each other could reduce the expense of them to the homeowner. By reducing the range of utilities, services could be maintained in the event of a catastrophic blackout of electricity. Anyway, the need for emergency electricity will be as great as their short supply. This does not mean

So-called smart meters are there for one basic purpose, to improve the bottom line of utilities. All of the other stuff is pure fluff. So you want to monitor your own electricity usage? There are devices on the market today for around $20 that will tell you probably more than you want to know about your own appliances.

So the electric company claims a reduction in meter reading in the millions of dollars. Why not turn it around and let each homeowner send their house readings directly to the utility either by computer or telephone? And throw in a small incentive to do so by reducing their power bill every time they report their own meter reading.

The best local utilities are the ones people can keep their eye on, not the like the behemoth TVA that nobody really understands and which is totally unapproachable.

Ernest Norsworthy

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