This applies for all residential and commercial properties as well as those using renewable energy sources (solar and wind).
Jefferson County and all of Iowa: this is the time to really make up your mind about smart and digital meters! Why? Because once you have a smart or digital meter on your house, Alliant says they will never take it off. Period.
- Keeping our present analog meters is the best solution. They generate no radiation, no threat from hacking, privacy invasion, fires, or higher bills from extra power pulled.
- The Iowa Utility Board is giving no written guarantees about the type of digital or smart meters they will be installing. There are no guarantees about the levels or frequencies of radiation they will give off.
- If you don’t call Alliant Energy to opt out of having a smart meter, they assume that you want a smart meter. If you have sent in a certified letter or complaint to the IUB Board Alliant does not consider that an opt-out. You must specifically call and request one.
- If you have concerns that you might not be able to afford the opt-out fee (if there is one) then consider the extra expense from higher bills caused by the smart meter itself. (Google “higher bills from smart meters”-there are reports from all over the world of bills increasing 30-40% and more once a smart meter is installed)
- Alliant can close the window to offering an opt-out anytime. If you want to have a choice then now is the time to call. You can always opt-in in the future if you want, but at this point it’s unlikely you can opt-out once the window of opportunity is closed.
Step 1. Even if you have already called Alliant to opt–out, you may want to call again to be sure that you are listed in your file as wanting an analog meter for both gas and electric service. Alliant’s phone number is 1-800- 255-4268.
- It is now not enough just to opt–out of having a smart meter. You have to say to Alliant (you can use this exact wording if you want): “I want a non-radiating analog meter without upgrades, digital or smart meter capabilities, for both gas and electric.”
- The representative may tell you that analogs are not available. They may tell you there will be fees and that all analogs will soon be replaced. Don’t be deterred. The final decision about this has not been made! Just make sure all the necessary words are on your record.
Step 2. Be sure to write down for your records the date and time, along with the name of the representative. Keep all this information handy. You may need it in future. You can record the call as well, but you must tell Alliant you are doing so.
Step 3. Now there’s only one more step! After you make your call, immediately email Fairfield Safe Meters to tell us that you have called Alliant and opted–out. In the email, include your name and address, along with the date and time of your call. We’re keeping a count. firstname.lastname@example.org
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