To Pixie Parks, the idea of having a “smart meter” in her backyard to measure her electrical usage is disconcerting.

“I’m sure if I was computer literate, I would think this is the greatest stuff in the world,” she said.

But she isn’t, and unfamiliarity with technology has left her wondering whether her health and pocketbook could be threatened by the new devices. When a contractor arrived at her home to install her new meter recently, she asked him to hold off until she can learn more. Now, she hopes to work out a compromise with Bryan Texas Utilities about its location and use.

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