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Letters threaten to cut off power for Smart Meter refusal

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:00 am By admin

People have reported receiving letters that threaten to cut off their electricity supply if they refuse to allow a smart meter to be installed. The authorities (or unscrupulous electricity utilities/contractors such as SP AusNet) are now resorting to intimidation and scare tactics in order to push through these dumb meters.

SP AusNet claims the old meters need to be replaced with new smart meters for safety reasons. However, contractors are attempting to install as many as 30 new smart meters per day, at times spending only minutes at each property, often without the homeowner even realising until after it has been installed. At this rate, they do not spend the necessary time to perform checks to ensure the electrical safety of the new installation. Nor do they provide certificates of electrical safety - something that is required by law when any 240v mains electrical work is performed at a home or business premises.

As mentioned previously, a woman received an electric shock from a garden tap due to an incorrectly installed smart meter (reverse polarity). If such incidents can occur, how can AP AusNet claim it is due to 'safety reasons'? If it ain't broke, don't fix it! The disturbance of hundreds of thousands of perfectly working electrical switchboards in homes carries far more risk then leaving them alone.

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