Hopefully by now you have notified your utility by certified mail that you do not want a smart meter on your home. If you have not, you might try to apply this approach anyway. For instructions on how to exercise your right to opt out of the smart meter program and to download those notification letters, go to our page “Avoid a Smart Meter.”
If an installer comes to replace your meter, try to stop him or her.
If, despite your notification to your utility, the installer shows up to install a meter, you should try to stop him or her. Otherwise you will be stuck with a radiation-spewing smart meter.
1. Explain politely but firmly that you do not want such a meter on your home and that you have given legal notice to the utility to that effect. (Of course if you have not actually sent in the letter requesting an opt out or deferral, you cannot make this claim, but you can still do the rest of the steps here.)
2. If that does not work you should not threaten the installer with violence or even raise your voice. Instead calmly but firmly ask the installer for the following information:
a. Get the proper spelling of the installer’s name.
b. Get the installer’s identification number. This will probably be on an identification tag he or she is wearing. If the installer has trouble understanding English and speaks Spanish better, you should show him the following phrase: ”Necesito tu nombre completo y dirección de su casa para una demanda que estoypresentando en su contra por la instalación deun medidor inteligente.”
c. Get the installer’s electrician’s license number. There is a good chance there is none, which you should note.
d. Lastly, explain that you are planning to file a lawsuit against both the utility and the installer, and that you plan to name the installer personally in the lawsuit.
e. Keep this information safe! Note the date and time.