Replacing Your Smart Meter or Opt-Out Meter


Says one person who removed the smart meter from her home in Michigan:
I truly wish we would have removed it sooner.
No smart meter will ever touch our home again.

Says another:
Just do it!

More and more people in Michigan are taking the smart meter or opt-out meter off their home and replacing it with an analog meter. The people doing this run the gamut from young families with toddlers to elderly couples. All are doing this because they are experiencing terrible health effects from the smart and opt-out meters. All of them have experienced a marked diminution of health problems once the meter has been removed.

If you are thinking about taking the meter off your home, it is essential that you contact us for additional information! Do not remove your meter without contacting us first! We cannot stress this enough.

By replacing your smart meter, “you may once again enjoy the privacy, safety, and health you had before your power company changed all that with smart meter.” Jerry Day of Freedomtaker.


In This Article:

  1. Removing Your Smart or Opt-Out Meter
  2. Where to Purchase Analog Meters
  3. If I Live in a Condo or Town Home, Will an Analog Meter Help Me If My Neighbors Still Have Smart Meters?
  4. Will a Device That Blocks the Radiofrequency Waves Solve the Problem So That I Don’t Have to Replace My Smart Meter?
  5. Stories from Families That Have Removed Their Opt-Out Meter Because It Was Making Them Ill
  6. Legal Bases Supporting Your Actions—A Summary


Removing Your Smart or Opt-Out Meter

If you decide to remove your meter, be sure to take pictures (or, better yet, a video) of the entire process. By recording the entire process, if the electric company claims that you have improperly and unsafely installed the meter, you will have evidence to show that the meter has been safely and properly installed. (Of course, it is in your best interests to show only the meter—not the face and body of the person doing the installation.) If you decide to remove your meter, contact us before doing so.

Many people have used the instructions and materials found at The Freedomtaker website and video offer very useful coverage of the entire process of removal—from decisionmaking to how to remove. While Freedomtaker recommends giving advance notice to the utility of your intention to remove the meter, giving notice is optional and we do not recommend doing it. Most people do not send a letter. Once you do remove the meter, you must be sure to send a letter to the utility explaining why you have removed it. Freedomtaker explains in detail how to do this, so be sure to listen to the video. Again, you do not have to send a letter to the utility prior to removing the meter and we recommend that you do not. However, you should follow all the other instructions provided in that video. Again, if you are thinking of removing your meter, it is essential that you contact us by phone or email. Do not act without first talking to us.

We are happy to be a resource for you.  Please feel free to contact us with questions.


Where to Purchase Analog Meters

You can purchase analog meters from one from one of the companies listed below. All these companies  recondition and calibrate electromechanical electrical meters (analog meters) to conform with ANSI standards. Meters cost approximately $25 plus shipping. You want to get a meter that does not need a mounting ring. Many people install the Tatar Meter Guard once the analog is on their home.

When you call or email the company, you do not need to tell them why you want the meter. Simply tell them what you want. You don't tell the grocer why you’re buying carrots, no need to do that here, either.  Go outside, look at your meter, write down all the numbers on it, and tell all the numbers to the customer service agent. See this page for some pictures of which numbers to write down. Make sure you get a meter that does not need a mounting ring.  You can also tell them specifically: “I need an analog meter, CL ___, FM __, does not need mounting ring.”  You can click here to learn how to tell what CL and FM you want.

Confirm with the company that the meter has no computerized components. Sometimes meters are back-ordered, so best to order soon.

Analog (electromechanical) meters are available from

Freedomtaker’s video on YouTube gives comprehensive instructions, and is also quite funny. Be sure to watch it, even if you aren’t interested in replacing your meter. Remember, while you don’t have to give the utility advance notice of removal, be sure to send a certified letter explaining your reasons for meter removal when you send the smart meter back.

Additional videos that show how to remove a meter can be found on YouTube, and include


If I Live in a Condo or Town Home, Will an Analog Meter Help Me
If My Neighbors Have Smart Meters?

Yes, it will help you. Remember, the smart meter and opt-out smart meter generate dirty electricity. That dirty electricity is created by the smart meter, so if you have an analog on your home, you will not be getting that dirty electricity.

You will still be subject to exposure to dirty electricity wherever you share a wall with your neighbors. But, you will decrease the amount of dirty electricity in your home, probably a great deal, unless your condo or town home is quite small and narrow.


Will a Device That Blocks the Radiofrequency Waves Solve the Problem
So That I Don’t Have to Replace My Smart Meter

Putting on a device like the Smart Meter Guard from or blocking your meter with aluminum foil or aluminum mesh will only block the radiofrequency waves. It will not block the dirty electricity. The dirty electricity (line noise) is creating as much illness as the radiofrequency waves. Many people have replaced their opt-out smart meter because they have gotten as sick from it as from the radio-on smart meter, due to the RF. Read the stories below.


Stories from Families That Have Removed
Their Opt-Out Meter Because It Was Making Them Ill

Think the opt-out meter is a safe bet? So did some other families. Here are two stories of families that removed their opt-out meter because of the health problems it caused them. Both families experienced a marked decrease in symptoms within a day of removal. Click here  for a partial list of symptoms people have experienced from radio-off smart meters.

1.  Family with Young Children Removes Opt-Out Meter
A family was moving from a home with an analog meter to a home with a smart meter. The mother says, “Knowing the dangers of radiation from a smart meter, I opted out thinking it was all going to be fine because we wouldn't have the smart meter transmitting wirelessly.” DTE installed the opt-out meter, the family moved in, and the next day the mother and one of her children woke up with flu-like symptoms. Both then proceeded to throw up. The mother also awoke with a headache. She thought it was perhaps something that they had eaten. That same day, her and her children’s ears began ringing. At first her husband did not experience any problems and thought maybe it was all in his wife’s head, but a month later he began spending more time at home and began suffering as well. The children were agitated during the day, and also when they slept. The toddler rubbed her ears a lot, though she didn't have an ear infection.  The mother also experienced the following problems:

The mother’s symptoms were even stronger when she was near the opt-out meter, which was attached to her kitchen wall. She thought there must be something wrong with the opt-out meter, that perhaps its radio-transmitter had not been turned off. She called DTE. They came out and showed her the radio-off sticker on the meter and said there was no problem with the meter. An opt-out meter is still a smart meter, just one with the radio-transmitter disabled. Click here to learn why the opt-out meter causes health problems.  The symptoms continued, and the mother called DTE daily for over a week because she and her family were being harmed. DTE would not listen, and one supervisor told her she must be one in a million, that they had never before received any complaints.  The family spent a couple of months debating whether to remove the meter. Finally, the symptoms were so bad, and they were so afraid for their children’s health, they removed the meter. (Click here to read about some of the other health problems experienced by people exposed to opt-out meters.)  After just one day, their symptoms improved. The mother says, “My ears don't hurt and have pressure anymore, no pressure feeling on my temples and head. And I don't feel the weird sensation in my body. There still seems to be a small electrical noise in the house, but definitely not as loud as before. I still here a ringing noise in my ears sometimes, but hopefully time will resolve it.”

2.  Elderly Couple Removes Opt-Out Meter
Murray and his wife became ill upon installation of a smart meter on their home. They opted out, thinking that that would solve the problem. It did not. They became more and more ill.

The meter was causing

for both the husband and wife. Unable to sleep, their mood affected by the meter, and worried about their pre-existing heart conditions, they removed the meter from their home and within a day felt relief. However, the wife had become electro-sensitive. While she is okay if she stays in her own home, if she goes into any building with a smart meter, she is severely affected—she is unable to sleep at night, and has severe heart palpitations and intense headaches. She can no longer attend church without suffering the consequences of the smart meter. Her husband now does all the grocery shopping.  This illustrates the fact that the sooner you get the meter off your home, the better, because the longer you are exposed, the greater the likelihood you will become electro-sensitive.


Legal Bases Supporting Your Actions—A Summary

You have a right to keep off your home a device that injures your health, takes your property (by making it uninhabitable if you are electro-sensitive), and monitors your activity (acts as a surveillance device).

There are a number of legal bases that support your decision to remove your smart meter. Here is a summary of some of them. More information can be found at Michigan Stop Smart Meters and on our Appeal of DTE Opt-Out page. Also read the preceding section for more information.

  1. The DTE tariff, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) regulations, and state law all give the utility the right to install a meter as that term is defined under the law.  The definition of meter does not encompass the kind of meter DTE is now installing. In addition to serving as a metering device, the smart meter and the opt-out meter monitor your activity via your electrical usage (in other words, they operate as a surveillance device) and they are devices that are injurious to health. There is a felony statute that makes it a crime punishable by 2 years in prison (for a first offense) to attach a surveillance device to a private residence without the owner's knowledge and consent. Michigan Penal Code, Act 328 of 1931 prohibits the installation of surveillance devices like smart meters. MCL 750.539a defines “Private Place”, “Eavesdrop”, Surveillance” and “Person.” MCL 750.539d prohibits installation of a device for the purpose of observing, recording, transmitting, photographing or eavesdropping in a “Private Place.” The surveillance capabilities of smart meters is clearly documented in the February 3, 2012 “Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity” report published by the Congressional Research Service.

  2. The Michigan Public Service Commission has held no evidentiary hearings on the acceptability of this new technology, even though they are under an appeals court order to do so.

  3. All utilities were order by the MPSC to provide opt-outs to customers. The “opt-out” meter provides no benefit to the customer and therefore is not a legal alternative to the radio-on smart meter. For the MPSC to approve a program, a benefit must be shown. Therefore, the MPSC’s approval of the opt-out program is legally indefensible. The MPSC ruling regarding the DTE opt-out plan has been appealed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. DTE presented no evidence that the radio-disabled smart meter will benefit the opt-out customer.
  1. The opt-out meter is still a smart meter; therefore there is no opt-out of smart meters, which the utilities were ordered by the MPSC to provide.

  2. By approving the opt-out program, the MPSC enabled DTE to mandate smart meters for all customers. The MPSC cannot do this without statutory authorization.

  3. Under the law, you have an inherent right to defend your person and your home against a known harm.


Disclaimer: This contents of this page are offered for informational purposes, not as legal advice or advocacy.

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Terms to Know

Advanced meter: smart meter (term used by DTE to hide the fact it is a smart meter).

AMI meter and AMI program: another name for the smart meter and the smart meter program. AMI stands for advanced metering infrastructure.

Blood-brain barrier: EMFs can cause the blood-brain barrier to be breached, allowing toxins to enter the brain. Toxin entry is thought to be partially responsible for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Dirty electricity: spiky, pulsed electromagnetic field generated by smart meters that rides through building wiring and permeates the building’s rooms. Responsible for many of the health problems seen with smart and digital meters.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs): consist of an electrical field and a magnetic field. Fields are created by the flow of electrical current through the wire, sunlight, etc.  

Electromagnetic frequency: examples are 60 Hz electrical current of your home, RF of a cell phone. Often used interchangeably with electromagnetic field.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS): sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Symptoms are complex and involve all bodily systems

Hydrogen bonds: Electrostatic bonds that help hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of hydrogen bonds may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs may disrupt the Hydrogen bonds.

Meter upgrade: the installation of an advanced (smart) meter on your home by DTE.

Microwave radiation: the type of radiation emitted by smart meters. Known to cause biological harm.

Non-transmitting meter: another name for the DTE and Consumers opt-out meters.

Opt-out meter: this is a smart meter. The only thing that is different is the radio-transmitter is turned off. It still generates dirty electricity, it still retains the two antennas, and it is only incrementally less harmful to your health. It can still record detailed information about your electrical usage.

Radio-disabled meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radio-off meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radiofrequency (RF): high-frequency electromagnetic waves in the range of 10 MHz to 300 Ghz. All wireless devices, including smart meters, cell phones, and Wi-Fi emit RF.

Switched mode power supplycontained in all smart meters, it creates dirty electricity.

van der Waals bonds: an extremely weak electromagnetic force that helps hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of the van der Waals bond may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs can disrupt the van der Waals bonds.