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transponders vs smart meters

jenn 3 years ago updated by Shaun A Kranish (Principal) 3 years ago 1

Hello. My gas meter is not a smart meter, but it has a transponder built into it for remote reading. Is this as dangerous as a smart meter? It is outside my bedroom. I thought it was analog because it looks like an old analog meter. I recently called my gas company to see how it is read and was told about the transponder. I can see the battery in it when I look carefully. They can remove the transponder for a monthly fee. Is this the best course of action?

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Removing it would be the best course of action - safest for sure. But measuring is always wise anyhow.  We can't assume anything about any gas/water/electric meters that are wireless.  Some transmit very frequently - as much as nearly ever second.  Some transmit one every few minutes.  Some are read on demand (fewer and fewer these days).  Most these days are transmitting at regular intervals many times per day.  So measuring is always the best way.

Luckily gas/water meters are much easier to shield and can be shielded much more effectively compared to electric smart meters.  So you also have that option as well - placing an effective barrier between the meter and your home.  This would block and reflect any transmissions that the meter puts out.