FortisBC electricity customers opposed to smart meters can have the wireless radio transmission turned off for a $60 or $88 fee.
They also will have to pay $18 every two months to have a meter reader come by.
"We are aware that some people have concerns about advanced metering infrastructure (Fortis's name for smart meters)," said FortisBC spokesman Neal Pobran.
"So those concerned can have the radio transmission feature turned off and pay for it. Others who have the regular advanced metering infrastructure will realize savings."
In response to opposition by some customers, FortisBC asked the B.C. Utilities Commission in August to consider what it calls the radio-off option and proposed fees.
The commission gave that permission this week.
Those choosing the radio-off option before a smart meter is installed at their home will have to pay a special set-up fee of $60. After meter installation, the radio-off set-up charge rises to $88.
Every radio-off customer will then also pay $18 every other month to have a meter reader come out.
FortisBC serves customers in Kelowna, Lake Country, Oliver and Osoyoos.
BC Hydro provides electricity to customers in West Kelowna and Vernon, and Penticton has its own electric utility.
BC Hydro has its own smart-meter opt-out options for customers.
Smart meters have been controversial because some people say the radiation emitted by the wireless radio transmitter to send usage and billing information from the meter to the utility can be harmful to one's health.
Hypersensitivity to electromagnetic field exposure, some say, can lead to memory lapses, dizziness, altered heart rate, ringing in the ears and fatigue.
However, Health Canada hasn't found a link between smart meters and such symptoms.
Smart meters emit the same sort of radiation as do many wireless devices, including cellphones, baby monitors, cordless phones, Wi-Fi at home, work or the coffee shop, and TV and radio broadcast signals.
Fortis is scheduled to start replacing old analog meters mid-summer 2014 and wrap up the switchover by the end of 2015.
The utility touts the efficiency of smart meters in relaying electric usage and billing information wirelessly and directly. They eliminate the labour-intensive need for meter readers to walk neighbourhoods collecting date from individual meters.
Fortis believes it will also cut down on electricity theft and prompt people to conserve energy.
There will also be options for consumers to check electricity usage online, by calling the Fortis contact centre or at their own in-home display.
If consumers are using too much or racking up big bills, they can choose to conserve or run energy-sucking appliances, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, at non-peak times.
BC Hydro's smart-meter opt-outs include keeping the old analog meter for an extra $35 a month or paying the $100 installation fee for a smart meter with radio off and paying $20 a month extra.