Cheryl Baron said she feels BC Hydro is extorting money from her for having to manually read her hydro meter [Smart meters costly, Sept. 19 Letters, TIMES].
It is good that BC Hydro is finally starting to charge people to keep their old analog meters. Smart meters are technological changes that lower future costs. The online information of power use helped me understand better when I use power.
Those afraid of radio waves that are considerably less than any cell phone seem to feel they are entitled to special treatment, and expect all BC Hydro customers to pay for costly, manual readings.
If someone has some paranoid fear, it is not fair that all reasonable people should pay for their special treatment of meter reading. That is not extortion, it is making you pay for the extra costs that satisfy your unreasonable fear.
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