How to stop the electricity meter beeping

Manipulate electricity meters - is it really possible?

Local electricity meters turn mercilessly. The electricity consumption of a household with three people is, thanks to our comfortable and technological way of life, about 3,500 kWh annually, which means costs of approx. 85 euros are connected monthly. According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) not applicable 51.3 percent of which on state-induced price components such as the EEG surcharge, electricity tax and sales tax.

No wonder that one could get the idea of ​​manipulating the electricity meter with a strong magnet, for example; specifically: wanting to slow down or stop. Is It Detectable? What are the penalties? Is it worth the effort?


Manipulating electricity meters - not a good idea!

If you hit a Step-by-step instructions hoped we have to disappoint you. We strongly advise against any manipulation! A lawyer can advise you on the possible legal consequences. A look at Section 242 of the Criminal Code theft, § 248 c StGB Withdrawal of electrical energy and Section 303 of the Criminal Code Property damage definitely worth it. The

In addition, damage to the electricity meter itself can also occur, the repair or replacement of which is associated with additional costs.

Without wanting to be a moral apostle - but do you want to become a victim of manipulation? When buying a used car, most people watch out for possible odometer fraud. Insurers and banks are also criticized for manipulating people. Do not join this list.

Case study: In 2014 the HNA reported on the case of the 26-year-old who attached a magnet to the electricity meter in order to reduce his parents' electricity costs. In addition to property damage of 6,500 euros, the young man was sentenced to a fine of 800 euros. Source:

Followed up: stop the counter - is that really possible?

It is known that Ferraris three-phase electricity meters can be stopped. A flywheel rotates in these three-phase meters. This can be slowed down or stopped with a strong magnet - attached in the right place.

Particularly strong Neodymium magnets, currently the strongest permanent magnets, can stop the electricity meter. This can generate great heat, which can damage the meter. Many instructions that are circulating on the Internet show that the counter stops completely. This rather indicates that it is defective. This means that the fraudster will always have critical questions at the next reading appointment. Manipulations are by the staff recognized quickly and interpreted correctly.

Whether there are substantial fines, claims for damages or even legal proceedings will be decided on a case-by-case basis. So don't do it!

Dangerous "tips"

In addition to attaching strong magnets, there are also instructions on the Internet for daring methods such as drilling into the electricity meter. We strongly advise against this for health reasons alone! It can Electric shocks with burns or fatal consequences occur.

Slow down electricity meters legally permissible

Reduce electricity consumption in the home - but how !?

It's the old fashion of saving electricity by avoiding it Stand-by losses, the exchange of old Fridges and fridge-freezers and the change on LED bulbs and Money shower heads in households with electrical water heating - to name just a few tips to save electricity.

It is important to save where the potential is high and there are no negative effects to be expected, as is the case with the examples above.

Negative effects such as unpleasant light colors with LED lamps or unpleasant rumors from dishwashers due to low temperatures through power saving programs can be counteracted by relying on quality in products and advice.

Information on saving electricity can be found in the DENA (German Energy Agency) brochure at - Link PDF document.


Instead of investing time and money in an undertaking that is doomed to failure, a first step would be to invest the 25 euros that the extra strong magnet would have cost at least sustainably.