Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rights for children - New Zealand submission

Rights for children - New Zealand submission 

From Martin Weatherall of WEEP
Submission for approval to homeschool my children
Dear Sir/Madam,
Given the warnings being urged globally, and the information I have included in this submission, I assert that my children have an absolute right to a healthy home and school environment.  For this reason I request that I be granted approval to homeschool my children rather than enroll them in a school that uses wi-fi, as each of the public schools in our district currently do.  
My children also have what may be considered special education needs, as they are both very gifted and therefore they require more freedom to explore and develop their abilities than is possible in many mainstream schools as families with gifted children commonly acknowledge.
Thank you very much for your consideration of this matter.  I look forward to hearing your response.
NB  If further information is required regarding the controversy surrounding Government /Industry vs public health interests and RF radiofrequency radiation, I can provide this.
The Ministry of Health stated on 10/6/14 that the limits (for public exposure to  radiation from cell phone towers, wifi, ‘smart’ meters and other wireless digital devices) in the NZ Standard 2772.1:1999 Radiofrequency Fields Part 1: Maximum exposure levels – 3kHz to 300 GHz are 
“based on all possible health effects, not just heating effects.  The only effect for which there was sufficient evidence was heat stress.  Reviews of research carried out since publication of NZS 2772.1:1999 have still found no clear evidence of any other effects.”     
(Don Mackie, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health)

This Ministry of Health advice is in direct contradiction to the knowledge that at least one telecommunications company has about the effects of artificial radiation exposure.  For example, Swisscom, in 2004 filed a patent to ‘reduce the wifi emissions that contribute to the electromagnetic pollution known as electrosmog’.  
This patent states:
“The influence of electrosmog on the human body is a known problem.”
“When, for example, human blood cells are irradiated with electromagnetic fields, clear damage to hereditary material has been demonstrated and there have been indications of an increased cancer risk.”
The Ministry of Health advice to the public is also in direct contradiction to the evidence reported in numerous (non-industry funded) scientific studies completed since the 1970s that show direct effects on health from exposure to radiofrequency fields, including the Bioinitiative Report ( which was updated in 2012 to include 1800 more studies investigating the biological effects of radiofrequency radiation at exposure levels much lower than those permitted in New Zealand by the standard NZS 2772.1:1999.
The Ministry of Health advice is also contradictory to the information in the biannual literature reviews carried out by its own advisor Dr Sophie Walker of Crown Research Institute ESR.  Her August 2013 review summarised for the Government a large amount of international research showing non-thermal biological effects from radiofrequency radiation exposure.  The Government has since ceased funding for Dr Walker to review RF EMR research.  

Living Nightmare: How SDG&E Smart Meter Led to Headaches, Hearing Loss

Living Nightmare: How SDG&E Smart Meter Led to Headaches, Hearing Loss

Who would think that a utility company would come on your property and install something dangerous and leave it there?

 August 15, 2011

One day in the middle of May 2010, SDG&E workers came to my La Mesa home to install a new meter for both my gas and electric service. They did the same for my neighbors. I remember their trucks and the boxes on the sidewalk. How quickly they did it and left. How we turned off our computer and TV to prevent a power surge.

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge, it is sometimes said. 

I really didn't pay much attention to these installations, assuming that they were similar to the old ones, just digital. Boy, was I wrong. As an active, retired educator, I never expected that the challenge would come in the form of harmful radiation coming from these new utility "smart" meters installed by SDG&E. But that is just what has happened.
Please note that everyone in our county and throughout SDG&E's territory had these installed in the past year and a half, except for a handful of people. None of us were told of any risks.

Shortly after, when I began to have ringing ears and sleeplessness, I wondered why but kept thinking it would disappear. I'd hear ringing in my ears no matter what time of day. Even in the night, and it would be more apparent when it was quiet, it seemed.

At night, I'd wake up suddenly around 2:00 or 2:30 AM, the same time every night, wide awake, and have trouble getting back to sleep for several hours. Some nights I didn't sleep much at all, just a couple of hours.

This was also occuring to other members of the household, at times. There were peculiar symptoms that some of us experienced that we could not explain but was making life very complicated.

Last summer was a rough time as a result. There were some headaches. I spent time reading in my room, something I like to do to relax. By fall, things didn't get any better, but worse.

Add to the list, by October, a rapidly growing skin cancer on my face, looked like a largish pencil eraser, you could practically watch it grow ... and it hurt.

The doctors took a bit of time to schedule me in and removed it in January — cut it out, leaving a scar. By the end of November, I noticed in addition to the ringing ears and other symptoms, that I suddenly was extremely nauseous, dizzy, and developing headaches when I used my computer or cell phone.

I'd always kept a good distance from the cell phone for safety sake, used speaker mode, but that wasn't helping.

In frustration, I called a local environmental doctor I'd seen for a workplace mold exposure many years before. I remembered he knew something about electro-sensitivities and thought he might know what was going on. I told him about the computer and cell phone reactions, but nothing else, as I didn't think those things were pertinent. Wrong again.

He asked if I had a smart meter on the house.

I said, "Yes, but what does that have to do with it?" I thought he was changing the subject. He asked if I had any other symptoms and went down a list that included the ringing ears, sleeping problems, and more ... He said that a number of his patients were reporting these same symptoms after installation.

During the few days before I got into see this doctor, I wrote and called SDG&E, with a negative response to my requests to remove the smart meters.

While seeing the doctor, I was shocked to learn more about the new SDG&E meters, that they emitted pulsed RF radiation, something experts warn about, and that many other people in California had the same symptoms after installations of the meters. Further, my electric meter was right near the place where my head lay on the pillow, less than a foot, on the exterior wall. That was very unsettling. 

But I felt confident that I could solve this problem as the doctor wrote me a letter that strongly demanded SDG&E remove the meter and replace with an analog as it was causing medical problems for me. In addition, he cited the Americans With Disabilities Act, as I qualified for that category. 

He provided me with a handful of current peer-reviewed scientific studies that showed this type of radiation and frequency was associated with the exact set of symptoms I had experienced.

I went home, letter and studies in hand, and filed a complaint with SDG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), attaching my doctor's letter.

My husband and I moved out of the master bedroom, temporarily, to wait for the meter to be removed. I bought shielding for my computer, to be able to use it.

Meanwhile, I made numerous calls to SDG&E. Some left me in tears. It was very troubling to be emphatically told by the SDG&E representatives over the phone that the meters were perfectly safe and were mandated by the state CPUC. I called the state CPUC and they claimed that the federal government was making them mandate these for the state.
Then, they changed their story. The CPUC admitted that it had authorized the use of wireless smart meters, not mandated them. SDG&E never backed down from their stance that everyone was going to have them, there was no "opting" out. I waited for my letters to be arrived and acted on.

Eventually, I received a reply, within a week from SDG&E and about a month or more from the CPUC. Both sent what appeared to be personalized form letters, both denied the possibility of harm from the meters, and both said there was no chance of having the meters removed from my home. I remember bursting into tears when reading these.
It was inconceivable to me that my home, my haven, would be polluted with dangerous radiation that was making me ill and no one in charge of these devices cared at all or would remove them. Ever. My doctor was shocked that they would ignore his letter. 
As I researched this problem, for the first time in my life, I knew I was facing what seemed like a challenge without any recourse. And to top things off, the sensitivities to what turned out to be RF radiation, were getting worse by the month. I could not use my computer for several weeks, no more cell phone use, I had to strictly avoid all wireless and RF radiation sources.

My life seemed turned upside down. Headaches, when going near the electric meter, in particular, inside or outside, were progressing into the most severe I'd ever imagined, lasting for up to three days, with chills and dizziness, memory problems ... Sleeping problems continued, the ringing of the ears got more intense till the sound actually hurt and there was loud clicking in my right ear. I later learned this was called "microwave click" from RF radiation exposure. 

During several weeks, pain in the right ear was like someone stabbing it. I went to the doctor a lot during this time, to my primary doctor and the environmental doctor, when I could.

Both were supportive and avoidance seemed to be their main suggestions. I stopped going in the master bedroom to obtain clothing and other belongings as needed. I had to ask other family members to get them and move them out into another room.

An ear, nose and throat doctor diagnosed me with significant hearing loss in the painful ear and hearing loss in both ears, noting that it was a result of exposure to electromagnetic fields. He commented that he had some other patients like this, and to avoid the meters. The ringing ears continued.

I was determined to get help, but must tell you how awful it felt to be dismissed so mercilessly by SDG&E and CPUC. It seemed like a living nightmare. I kept calling and writing SDG&E and CPUC, without any help being given. We were still living outside of our master bedroom and bathroom — and in a small house, this was causing problems.

After talking with a number of activists and experts, including scientists, around the state who had more information than me, I scheduled several consultations with electrical engineers with a specialty in RF radiation. They advised that certain metals are what work to shield from the radiation.

A series of experiments resulted, with me trying out their suggestions, to see if anything worked. We shielded, following their directions, behind the meter on the interior wall. This gave relief from the shrill, high-pitched ringing that was painful, it reduced it to a lower level. We still could not occupy the bedroom.

In fact, things were getting worse for me by the month, as I would get an immediate headache and sinuses swelled shut, heart palpitations (typical of RF radiation reactions to overexposures), it seemed like my immune system was saying, "hey, stay away."

I was a slow learner. I remember trying about twelve times in three months to enter the room, running in for just seconds. Didn't work. Headaches for three days. Sick often and had to cancel activities.

I felt increasingly like this was incredible and there HAD to be a way to get this problem solved. Learned about many others, in fact, thousands and thousands of others had filed officially with CPUC on these very health issues related to the smart meters.
By March and April, I watched online as the ill ones went twice a month into the CPUC meetings and explained their symptoms in tears or anger to the very uncaring CPUC commissioners, in the one minute each was given. I cried with them, watching. I kept thinking, this cannot be happening in America. Then the thoughts came: We cannot let this keep happening in America.

Many Northern Californians knew about the problem of the smart meters and radiation — being more environmentally aware and not trusting PG&E, their local utility, after years of other types of problems, such as the poisoning of the town of Hinkley, CA (memorialized in the movie Erin Brokovich).  

They had activists protesting smart meters, laying down in front of trucks sent out to install the meters, with news articles by the hundreds. In Northern California, I was encouraged that local governments, inspired by passionate activists, became concerned about protecting the health and safety of their citizens and passed ordinances to ban or even criminalize the installation of smart meters.

The numbers grew - 20 - 30 - 40, including many major counties, such as Marin. There was even a smart meter bill in our state legislature, to effect a moratorium. As I suffered adjusting to the new life without use of my full home, and the changes in my health, I pondered all this.

Southern Californians didn’t have anyone who knew anything, no media coverage except for glowing articles about how wonderful our lives would be with the new meters — straight from the utilities' brochures.

No one I knew was informed, and it was hard to explain so they would be. Who would think that a utility company would come on your property and install something dangerous and leave it there?

I learned how the mesh network of these meters emit so much radiation it is like a blanket on our neighborhoods and even the rural areas now have it, and at higher levels, as the signals are stronger to cover the distances. I learned that people with pacemakers and implants were at risk for rf radiation interfering with the functioning of their devices. 
I wanted to feel well again. I was in a daily struggle. At the same time, I didn't want the state of California to be polluted with this new form of smog — electrosmog, impacting the public health, our pets, and wildlife.

I learned that a hundred million dollars of our Recovery Act funding had come down the pike quickly, funding much of the wireless meter development in a hasty manner, with environmental, health and safety testing waived by the CPUC. Recovery Act funds had paid for millions of meter readers to lose their jobs and the new meters to be made in China. That growing thousands of Californians were sick and some were worse off than me, even younger ones, with heart attack symptoms and more, die-offs being reported in some areas. Government steadfastly refusing to help in our state and some others where smart meters were also being rolled out. 

I began to get headaches from sleeping in the spare room at the end by the smart meter, so had to begin sleeping on the couch. My husband and I, together for nearly 40 years, no longer able to sleep together. 

I learned to avoid the smart meter at all times, keeping at least 12-15-20 feet away, and not use 1/3 of my house or yard. I learned how to force myself to accept that for the time being, but not for the rest of my life. I felt improved by doing so, but still had lower level ringing in the ears, enough to wake me up at night, and some sleeplessness, dizziness, low-level headaches.  

Other people had to be ill, too, in Southern California. They would never suspect the meters, as I had not.

I was trying to take care of myself while worrying about the bigger picture and public health problem. I learned of more people with very close exposures at night, on bedroom walls. Some of these were children, some I knew.

The So CA media I called were resistant to articles on the topic. I made a website and gathered the scientific information I was directed to by experts, placing it all in one place, Less than ten people in our county knew something about the smart meter problems. 

I was trying to live as normally as possible in the face of this challenge, but was now living in the middle of my home, away from both smart meters (one at each end). Something more had to be done. This could not become the new normal, even if people didn't realize the dangers.

Then, in the midst of this, I found out that Helix Water District planned (very soon) to cover its territory with water smart meters, adding to the radiation. They had a large pilot study on Mt. Helix, 322 smart meters had been there for the past year. Of course, no one had been told of the risks.

My regular water meter was in the front of the house. When walking my dog, I'd be walking past all of the new smart meters they were planning to install. The water district assured me that it didn't matter as the radiation was low and wouldn't reach the house. I should stay inside all the time?

I'd heard of people abandoning their homes and going to live in their cars or tents in Northern California media stories, due to the radiation reactions. I didn't want to have this happen to me, here. The water meter would then potentially cause the middle of my home, the place I was occupying like a studio, to be unlivable.

This had to be stopped.

I nearly panicked but then realized I hadn't known in time to stop the deployment of the SDG&E meters, but I wasn't going to stand by while Helix Water District finished me off. I had to take a stand, and quickly.

Throughout all of this time, from early December through April, I kept thinking that this cannot happen in America. But it was. Something definitely had to be done, more, but what? I was struggling to stay well and struggling to figure out that answer.

SDG&E's answer to me:
Susan Brinchman
La Mesa, CA 91942
Re: Account #xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
December 13,2010

Dear Ms. Brinchman:

I want to follow up on the December 7, 2010 telephone call to you by my colleague Shannon Ray to discuss your request for San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) to remove the electric smart meter installed at your home on May 6, 2010. Thank you for sharing your questions and concerns about SDG&E’s smart meters. We understand from your telephone communications, and from the doctor’s letter you faxed, that you are concerned that the radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields emitted from the smart meter wireless communication equipment could possibly contribute to your pre-existing health conditions. It is also our understanding that you declined SDG&E’s offer to take measurements of RF from the smart meter at your home. [Note: this is inaccurate, as I now do not trust SDGE, I did not want them INSIDE my home, they could measure from outside. sb]

SDG&E is committed to providing safe and reliable service for our customers, as well as a safe work place for our employees. To this end, we monitor the science concerning possible effects of RF from smart meters. The information that SDG&E has reviewed from the scientific community and regulators has not identified that radio frequencies, at the levels emitted by the smart meters, can cause adverse health effects. Specifically, we understand from respected agencies such as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, that there has been no demonstration of either long- or short-term health effects from RF exposure. Vole will continue to monitor the situation closely and respond as necessary to any new scientific information and studies released in the future.

As explained on SDG&E’s Smart Meter website 
( the meters near your home transmit a radio frequency only a few times each day and only for a few seconds each time, for an average total of less than one minute. When the meters are transmitting, your exposure to RF from the smart meter is much lower than the exposure from energy than smart meters!

I also wanted to mention that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has directed SDG&E to install smart meters at the homes and businesses of all of our customers and has carefully considered any potential for smart meters to affect health. SDG&E is a regulated company and required to comply with the CPUC program. Also, the Americans with Disabilities Act mentioned by your doctor, does not require SDG&E to remove your smart meter. We received your letter to the CPUC Consumer Affairs Branch, dated December 8, 2010, and we agree that such a submission is the next appropriate step in resolution of your request for removal of the meter at your home. In this regard, SDG&E has carefully reviewed available factual information, and at this time respectfully declines your request to remove the smart meter at your home.

Ted Reguly
SDG&E’s Smart Meter Program

Source: Richard Tell Associates. Inc
RF Energy Compared to a Smart Meter from 2 feet:
Microwave oven, two inches from door, 550 times more
Holding walkie-talkie at head, 55 – 4,600 times more
Cell phone at head, 3.2 -1.100 times more
Laptop computer, 1.1 – 2.2 times more
Wi-Fi cyber cafe, 1.1 – 2.2 times more
[Note: The Smart Meter is inches from my head, not two feet. Also, I do not accept the above table, as no authoritative references are given, and it is too general. Nowhere are the technology effects for Smart Meters deemed safe. sb]

Does this sound familiar? If you have had a similar experience following the installation of your smart meter(s) or know of someone who has, please tell us about it in a comment below this article. If you do not want to have a smart meter, tell us about it and why. For more information, go to Write your local city/town councils, our County Board of SupervisorsSDG&E, and CPUC 

Send a copy to for multiple ratepayer submission to the CPUC,  and, noting whether you will allow publication in the Patch. Be sure to include your full contact information in any complaints and your SDG&E account number.

Consumers still waiting for smart meters to pay off

Consumers still waiting for smart meters to pay off

The new technology has delivered modest savings and greater reliability, but CMP admits its data management needs 'to catch up.'

BY TUX TURKEL STAFF WRITER | @TuxTurkel | 207-791-6462

Since September 2009, Central Maine Power has installed 625,000 smart meters, like these at an apartment building on Portland’s Western Prom. 2011 Maine Sunday Telegram file photo/Gordon Chibroski

Five years after Central Maine Power Co. installed 625,000 smart meters in its service area, most of the company’s customers are still waiting for an opportunity to reduce their monthly bills by taking more control over how and when they use electricity.

The digital meters, which upload a wealth of detailed data about electricity use to CMP over the Internet every 15 minutes, are saving the average homeowner about 85 cents a month, according to state utility regulators.

The bulk of the savings come from operational efficiencies tied to slashing the cost of having workers read meters, leading to 2 million fewer miles of driving each year and conserving 64,000 gallons of fuel. The reduction adds up to $8 million a year.
But the company has fallen behind in making other improvements in its system that would enable homeowners and business customers to realize more savings from the devices And the new meters are still the subject of a lawsuit from critics over their impact on public health.

CMP told the Maine Public Utilities Commission in 2010 that the meters could save customers up to $338 million over 20 years. The company said it would have the early stages of a time-of-day pricing system for electricity available by 2014. That system offers a potential for significant savings for customers – especially businesses – who shift their electricity consumption to off-peak hours, when prices are lower.

But that hasn’t happened. And the company’s failure to meet its 2014 goals prompted regulators to take action and negotiate a settlement that reduced CMP’s rates.
CMP said when the meters were being introduced that they would usher in a new era of energy management and service.

They would allow customers to track and adjust their power use and help CMP respond faster to outages. Over time, they would help match energy supply and demand in an evolving, regional smart grid that integrates more renewable generation, such as wind power.

CMP officials say smart meters will eventually deliver on their promise, but they acknowledge that the company has yet to make the investments needed to enable consumers to take advantage of that potential.

“At present, CMP has a 1970s-era data management system and a 21st century flood of data,” said John Carroll, a CMP spokesman. “We need the rest of our technology, and our understanding of its power, to catch up.”

Five years ago this September, CMP began replacing its old, analog electric meters in a project that was approved by the PUC and aided by a federal grant that paid nearly half the $196 million cost. The go-ahead and funding were based on an expectation that real-time, interactive communication between the meter and the electricity user would save the company and its customers money.

But even before the last meter was installed in 2012, public attention shifted to a battle over health and safety.

The abilities of smart meters have been eclipsed in media coverage by allegations that the wireless technology enabling their communication contributes to health and safety problems. Those charges have been refuted by CMP, Maine’s public health department and the commission. But official assurances have failed to appease a small, tenacious citizen group, which in May filed a second appeal of the PUC’s approval to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Whatever the legal outcome, smart meters are here to stay in Maine. The question now is when they can realize their potential.

In its 2010 case before the PUC, CMP estimated the total savings to customers at $338 million over 20 years. While acknowledging the number was speculative by nature, the PUC commissioners agreed that the savings would be substantially greater than the cost of installing the meters.

An audit done for the PUC last year, however, highlighted the expectation that CMP would have an interim billing system in 2014 that established a framework for time-of-day pricing, known in the industry as dynamic pricing.

But the billing system isn’t in place. In an agreement to settle the case, CMP and several parties, including the Office of Public Advocate, agreed to a $1.4 million reduction in the company’s rates. In addition, the PUC cut rates by another $450,000 a year until a new billing system is running.

A separate case is underway to set out the cost and capabilities of that new billing system, which CMP says has a target date of 2017.

Harry Lanphear, a spokesman for the PUC, declined to offer an opinion of whether it has taken longer than expected for the billing system to become operational.

“Large billing systems are very complex and challenging,” he said. “Having said that, it’s pretty clear both the commission and CMP want a system that can do dynamic pricing.”

Even without dynamic pricing, the details captured by smart meters are starting to save some of CMP’s customers money and improve service reliability.

Home customers are getting their lights back on faster when a storm downs utility lines. Their smart meters are supplying CMP with instant information that makes it easier to assess power outages.

Some business customers are tapping the precise data from the meters – which track consumption every 15 minutes, rather than once a month – to trim thousands of dollars from energy bills. They’re spotting wasteful patterns and identifying hours when high use translates into high wholesale power costs.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England used the information displayed on a website set up to help homes and businesses track consumption to study electric use patterns at 34 buildings it operates in CMP’s service area. They include 15 stores and donation centers.

“The program gives us the ability to compare our properties and identify those that consume more energy than others,” said Steve Dixon, senior director of purchasing and facility services. “We can analyze the specific usage to understand the root cause. To date, the majority of the findings have dealt with lighting.”

Dixon discovered that lighting in the donation centers was old and inefficient. He’s now replacing 54 fixtures with LED lighting and expects to save $3,100 a year. A similar process is underway at retail stores. A recently opened store in Westbrook is using LEDs that are projected to save $7,000 a year, compared to older stores.

Efficiency Maine, the state’s energy conservation agency, is conducting pilot programs to see how widely this practice can be applied. In one study, it reviewed use patterns from 25 schools by analyzing the 35,040 intervals of data now being collected each year by the smart meters. The study showed some schools were turning on lights and heat too early on winter mornings. Adjusting those patterns could save an average of 15 percent a year per school. The agency is preparing to do a similar study with 2,000 businesses, including hotels and offices.

Another example: CMP gets hundreds of requests daily from competitive electricity suppliers to see their customers’ power-use profiles recorded by the smart meters.
This information, which is shared with the customer’s permission, can determine exactly when electric use peaks during the year. Knowing the precise hour has value, because it’s tied to how much money customers contribute each year to a complex payment system managed by the region’s power grid operator. There’s so much desire now for this information that CMP is setting up an Internet portal for suppliers and customers to access it.
Before smart meters, only large industrial customers knew their peak-use times. That left suppliers to offer rates based on estimates or past usage.

But again, the new data only hints at what’s possible.

“The capability is there but it’s not unlocked yet, from a billing perspective or time-of-use product,” said Kevin Dean, president of Electricity Maine LLC, the state’s largest competitive electricity supplier. That capability benefits both customers and electric grids in some other states.

GDF Suez, a major energy supplier based in Houston, recently started a program called VRewards. It’s a voluntary program for businesses that agree to cut consumption during high-demand periods. The company alerts participants in the morning when a peak is expected and estimates how long it will last. Customers can decide how to cut back, such as adjusting thermostats or lighting. They get credits up to $500 a month on their bill, based on how much they cut during the critical periods.

Dean said he’d like to offer a program like this to thousands of small businesses in Maine.

At Goodwill Industries, Dixon said he’d be interested in time-of-use rate programs. He said Goodwill could make operational adjustments to save power at its large warehouse and recycling facility in Gorham, which has bailers and other machines.

“At times, they can use a lot of energy,” he said.

CMP’s 550,000 home customers seem to be the least engaged, and it’s not clear how that will change with dynamic pricing. Their electric bills are small compared to a business, and the potential for savings isn’t as great.

Home customers now can track their electric use online and see exactly when they’re using the most kilowatt-hours, if they sign up for an Internet portal called Energy Manager. Roughly 38,000 home customers have done this.

Energy Manager analytics for the month of June shows that the website registered 6,321 sessions that lasted an average of two minutes. Sixty-five percent of viewers visited the site more than once a month.

But it’s unclear how they are using the information to save money. CMP did a pilot study with 3,000 customers with Energy Manager. It sent them text and email messages about their ongoing energy use. Those customers cut their use by 2 percent. On a typical $80 monthly bill, that’s $1.60.

Carroll, CMP’s spokesman, said the savings may not be high enough to attract broad interest.

“Lots of customers would say their electric bills aren’t that high,” he said. “Their phone bill is more. Their cable bill is more.”