CENTRAL FLORIDA,None - Power companies say smart meters being installed in Florida right now are the way of the future. They transmit your home's energy use in real time and let you check your usage online. But critics say they're dangerous.
"Smart meters are emitting electromagnetic radiation that we can't
Florida power companies got hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government to install smart meters, but these devices have created a storm of controversy across the nation.
Critics said they expose you to
The radio frequencies are similar to other devices like
But are these single devices dangerous to your health?
A study last year found exposure levels from a smart meter are far lower than you would get from a
They claim the study didn't take into account what could happen when you group smart meters outside an apartment
Norma Lorenz got sick when her digital meter was installed outside her Longwood home.
She's been diagnosed with
Now public utility commissions in Michigan, Nevada and Maine have opened investigations into whether their residents should be able to opt out of the meters.
Florida's Public Service Commission
Progress Energy will soon roll out its smart meters, while
Both companies declined to comment on the safety of
State regulators in California just required one of their largest companies to allow customers to opt out of the meters for a fee.