How do I opt out of a smart meter?

SMUD has an opt-out program for customers who do not want to upgrade to a smart meter at their home.

Here’s a chart you can use to determine if opting out of a smart meter is the right choice for you

 

Comparing
SMUD meters
Smart meter
(digital)
Non-communicating meter
(analog or digital)
View your daily electricity use Yes No
Outage detection Yes No
Remotely connecting your service Yes No
Future benefits like energy alerts and programs using a home area network Yes No
Set-up fee FREE $127.00 (monthly payments available)
Monthly charge FREE $14.00

Eligibility guidelines for opting out of a smart meter

  • You must be a residential customer receiving service at a single-family home. Multi-family residential units do not qualify.
    • Single family homes may include townhouses and condominiums that are individually metered as well as duplexes and half-plexes where co-location of meters exist. Apartments and other locations where meter banks exist do not qualify.
  • You are responsible for providing and maintaining monthly access to SMUD for purposes of meter installation, maintenance, and reading. Failure to provide and maintain access to SMUD will result in your service being terminated.

If you choose to opt out, an alternative meter will be installed at your home. This meter does not transmit any information or data directly to SMUD. This meter does not have an antenna or wireless communication card. As a result, it's not capable of receiving or transmitting wireless communications. There is no radio frequency (RF) transmission from these meters. Upon your request, an analog or digital meter will be installed at your home.

*SMUD may from time to time revise the fees to reflect changes in meter, billing, and other related costs.

For more information on the alternative meters or to upgrade to a smart meter, please call 1-888-742-7683.

Manufacturer information about the alternative meters can be found here:

If you would like to opt out, please contact us at 1-888-742-7683 or send us a secure email through My Account.

What constitutes "opting out"?
We’ll consider you opted out of having a smart meter if you do at least one of these actions:
Refused installation of a smart meter
Failed to respond to us regarding the installation of a smart meter
Informed us you are opting out of having a smart meter

If I opt out, what kind of meter will I get?
In this case, a non-communicating meter will be installed at your home. It does not transmit any data directly to us. These meters don’t have an antenna or wireless communication card. It’s incapable of receiving or transmitting wireless communications and has no radio frequency (RF) transmission.

May I just keep my old meter?
No. Because we want to offer future capability for time-of-use rates, we must have only one meter in use by each individual. Our meters must be able to track interval usage data.

How often will my meter be read by SMUD field personnel?
We’ll need to read your meter once every three months. For those months it’s not read, we’ll estimate your use based on your previous
averages. The read we obtain every three months will be used to reconcile previous estimates and your account will be adjusted as needed. In order to remain eligible to opt out, you must provide regular access to your meter for reading, maintenance and replacement if necessary.

I want to opt out due to a medical condition. Will I still owe opt out fees?
Yes. We permit all of our customers to opt out for any or no reason. While we appreciate that some hold a differing opinion, at present there’s no credible medical or scientific evidence that RF emissions from smart meters present or exacerbate any current medical condition. Our policies do not exclude anyone from services based on disability. The opt out fee is applied in a non-discriminatory fashion since it applies to all customers electing an alternative metering strategy regardless of that customer’s reason.

What does a ‘non-communicating’ meter look like?
It’s an electric meter with a rotating digital display. There are no communicating or radio mechanisms in the meter. Since its non-communicating, all decals and other marks related to the Federal Communications Commission are not present on the meter.

Are the alternative meters safe?

To ensure the continued safety of our customers, we tested the non-transmitting digital meters we’ll install for those customers who have opted out of a smart meter. Electromagnetic Field in the solid-state meters we selected for use in Opt Out is within the same range of recorded EMF as the old analog meter with dials. 

All tests were conducted at 240 Volts for all current ranges. All EMF measurements are recorded in Milligauss. All tests were completed in SMUD's Meter Shop on the WECO 5100 test bench. A Triaxial Teslatronics Model 70 Milligauss meter was used for measuring the results. Base EMF readings were 0.6-1.0 mG when measured 0-5 feet from the test bench.

 

At 0 Feet

Analog/ Legacy Meter Itron Sentinel Solid State Meter Itron Centron Solid State Meter
mG @ 0 Amps, Voltage only 300 2 1.8
mG @ 200 Amps 600 260 170
mG @ 100 Amps 400 105 100
mG @ 50 Amps 310 55 50
mG @ 25 Amp 303 23 30
At 1 Foot
Analog/ Legacy Meter Itron Sentinel Solid State Meter Itron Centron Solid State Meter
mG @ 0 Amps, Voltage only 11 1.1 1.3
mG @ 200 Amps 22 8.5 19
mG @ 100 Amps 13 4.2 9
mG @ 50 Amps 13.5 2.3 4.8
mG @ 25 Amp 10.9 2 2.9
At 3 Feet
Analog/ Legacy Meter Itron Sentinel Solid State Meter Itron Centron Solid State Meter
mG @ 0 Amps, Voltage only 1.3 1 1
mG @ 200 Amps 5 3.4 4.3
mG @ 100 Amps 2.4 2.5 1.7
mG @ 50 Amps 1.3 1.5 1.3
mG @ 25 Amp 1.5 1.1 1
At 5 Feet
Analog/ Legacy Meter Itron Sentinel Solid State Meter Itron Centron Solid State Meter
mG @ 0 Amps, Voltage only 0.8 0.7 0.8
mG @ 200 Amps 1.3 1 1
mG @ 100 Amps 0.9 0.9 0.8
mG @ 50 Amps 0.7 0.7 0.8
mG @ 25 Amp 0.8 0.8 0.7
All tests were conducted at 240 Volts for all current ranges. All EMF measurements are recorded in Milligauss. All tests were completed in SMUD's Meter Shop on the WECO 5100 test bench. A Triaxial Teslatronics Model 70 Milligauss meter was used for measuring the results. Base EMF readings were 0.6-1.0 mG when measured 0-5 feet from the test bench.