Many articles have been written by industry analysts in an attempt to debunk some of the myths concerning smart grids and meters. For example, in 2010, Greentechmedia published an article dealing with some myths about the use of smart grids by consumers. In that article, the author made four points.
A. Consumers do care about monthly savings no matter how small.
B. Consumers do not worry about utility companies remotely looking into the effectiveness of their major home appliances.
C. Pricing dynamic works and that we don’t need to keep trying to prove it.
D. Consumer’s identity should not be pigeonholed as “singular” as consumers cut across many segments of businesses and society.
In other words, this area is constantly evolving and many consumers are giving smart grids a second look not only because of the savings that they will generate but also because of the less intrusive footprint that they leave on the environment.
Recently the above video was released on youtube discussing five myths about smart meters. Based on recent studies, the video pointed out that
1. Smart meters are more accurate than analog meters. Since manufacturers are required to meet standards set by the American Standards Institute, smart meters will continue to maintain its supremacy over analog meters.
2. Smart meters are safe and the amount of radio frequency used in their wireless signals are less than those that currently being emitted by standard appliances or home devices such as microwave ovens, baby monitors or cellphones.
3. Smart meters are not a security risk because they do not collect personal information on the consumer. They only collect data on the amount of electricity used and transmit the data through very secure connections.
4. Smart meters only collect the overall electricity used not the amount of electricity used by each device in the house, and therefore there is no privacy risk.
Lastly, small meters provide many benefits to the consumer. Beside reducing the cost of energy, they make renewable power possible and help maintain global competitiveness.
In sum, the benefits of using smart meters over analog meters are tremendous and one should not be fooled by people warning them about nonexistent dangers of smart grids and meters.