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.

Eligibility guidelines

  • You must be a residential customer receiving service at a single-family home. 
    • 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.
    • Multi-family residential units do not qualify.
    • Apartments and other locations where meter banks exist do not qualify.
  • You're responsible for providing and maintaining monthly access to SMUD for meter installation, maintenance and reading. If you do not provide and maintain meter access to SMUD, your service will be terminated.

Alternative meters

If you choose to opt out, a non-communicating meter (analog or digital) will be installed at your home. It does not transmit any data directly to SMUD. This meter does not have an antenna or wireless communication card. It's not capable of receiving or transmitting wireless communications and has no radio frequency (RF) transmission.

Manufacturer information about the alternative meters:

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

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

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

Meter reading schedule

If you have opted out, SMUD field personnel will read the meter at your home once every three months to measure your electricity use. In order to remain eligible to opt out, you must provide regular access to your meter for reading, maintenance and replacement if necessary.

View 2022 Opt-Out Meter Reading Schedule View 2021 Opt-Out Meter Reading Schedule

For those months your meter is 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. Learn how to read your electric meter

If you'd like to upgrade to a smart meter, please call 1-888-742-7683.

 

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

I want to opt out due to a medical condition. Will I still owe opt out fees?
Yes. You may opt out for any reason. Currently there’s no credible medical or scientific evidence that RF emissions from smart meters cause or affect any medical condition. Our policies do not exclude anyone from services based on disability. The opt-out fee is applied to all customers who choose 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.

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.

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.

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 opt out of a smart meter. The electromagnetic field (EMF) in the solid-state meters  selected is within the same range recorded in 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.