Smart Meters Not Saving Energy or Addressing Waste

by Curtis Bennett
March 9, 2014

When it comes to energy consumption, you basically pay for what you use. When you have something plugged in, lights on, devices being used, heaters and heating. Utilities supply the needs of their consumers and saving energy is important. Less waste of natural resources, less emissions. Smart Meters and wireless devices inside the building will monitor how much energy is consumed. As Thermal Radiation Consultants, we document and image energy(all matter) above absolute zero(-273 deg. C & -460 deg. F). Here is an accurate example of energy use. The building you will see here is tilt up construction of a major construction retailer. Heaters are on the roof, heat rises and thermostats are 5 feet off the floor. It is winter time and you should expect a uniformly insulated building, any differences require investigation. Hotter temperatures are bright in color.

The vertical bright areas are the weak insulation values between tilt up panels and heat loss costing money. The bright dots around the edge of the roof are the ends of the roof truss transferring heat from inside the building. Heaters are on the roof and trying to heat the building from the top down. Heat rises and these energy systems for these buildings should be in the floor. Ceiling fans can move heat around but the energy waste is real. Smart Meters aren’t going to catch and address the problem. People get billed extra 40% for the 2nd tier usage. This building isn’t compliant with building codes but the style of building is popular and cheap when it doesn’t have to be. Heating in the floors, insulated and you have a winner. Here is another building down the road from the construction retailer, same construction, heaters on the roof and they only insulated the showroom for appliance sales. That is the darker area in the thermal image.

Heaters on the roof, walls aren’t insulated except the showroom. The spot temperature on the dark area(insulated) is the temperature outside at that time. Notice the wall temperatures? What is the energy waste heating that mass of concrete, wasted resources, electricity. This building should have failed inspection, insurers are expecting duty cycles of equipment. Not this waste. These buildings are in FortisBC area and their 2 tiered billing system is billing owners when the building should have failed inspections. Smart Meters will catch none of this energy waste, FortisBC is billing for it. Wireless smart meters do not belong on buildings and should not be installed. The utility doesn’t have the authority or jurisdiction to bypass the municipalities. The can’t use smart meter frequencies on buildings or infrastructure. Buildings aren’t designed for it and would violate building codes as is. Blasting frequencies through walls induces currents and causes high speed vibrations billions of times per second. That equates into atomic and molecular earthquakes that will accelerate corrosion as well as compromise fire separations.

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