Homeowners opting out of new smart meter systems

You may have noticed a door hanger from Duke Energy about a new Smart Metering System and some homeowners are saying no.

Posted: Feb. 18, 2019 6:56 PM
Updated: Feb. 18, 2019 7:24 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) — Homeowners in Greater Lafayette are starting to notice a new addition to their homes.

''We call them AMI meters which stands for Advanced metering infrastructure,” said Zeb Christopher a local homeowner.

These meters have already been installed in most homes, allowing electricity usage to be sent wirelessly and giving homeowners more control over how they use it. Some homeowners, like Christopher, would rather not have these systems at all.

''I think the primary benefit is for the utility company,” said Christopher

Zeb was out of town when he came home to a note from Duke Energy that these new systems would be installed. He doesn't believe these new systems will benefit the homeowner

Christopher doesn’t think that there's really any consumer demand for it. He believes it’s just what the utility companies want us to think. But he also believes something else.

''The wireless signal can go quite far I've heard up to two miles and we've already got radiation coming from our cellphones,” said Christopher

Angeline Protogere, Lead Communication Consultant for Duke Energy, said differently. She said Duke Energy has done research to debunk those rumors. Protogere also said there are other things to look forward to with these systems.

''You significantly reduce the need for estimated bills,” said Protogere. “We have found through the years that understandably customers want to be billed for their actual usage''

Homeowners have the chance to opt out of the new systems, but will have to pay a fee.

''One time 75 dollar fee,” said Protogere. “But then after that an additional 17.50 dollars on the bill per month''

To find out how to opt out of your smart metering system, you can do so here. To learn more about how these metering systems work you can do so here.

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