Dear Friends of Florida’s Waters:

Happy Earth Day to each of you. For most of us, everyday is Earth Day, yet it is still nice to set aside at least one day a year to make sure that we try to touch other people’s hearts with the love and passion that we have for our earth and all of its interconnected resources.

We are near the end of a very tough legislative session, which was supposed to update Florida’s water policy but instead is not only neglecting or mismanaging many of the most important issues, but is actually taking us backwards and down very dangerous directions for the future of our water supplies.

To that end, Florida Clean Water Network is partnering with MeterHero to invite you and your friends to join our new campaign to better conserve Florida’s aquifers and surface waters as well as conserve on the energy we consume. Florida Clean Water Network is helping to sponsor conservation rebates for homeowners across the state who track their water and energy savings through MeterHero.

This campaign is unique because when you sign up for MeterHero and reduce your water and/or energy (electric or gas) consumption, MeterHero will automatically deposit cash into your PayPal or Venmo account. There is absolutely no cost to you!!!

MeterHero is a software company based in Oakland, CA, that pays cash rebates for saving water and energy. Rebates are funded by organizations, companies, and individuals that either want to offset their own water and energy footprint or promote more conservation in their communities. Florida Clean Water Network wants to help create a new environmental patriotism in Florida. We believe that a strong grassroots environmental ethic will overcome the extreme, anti-environmental policies of our state government. Our legislators and governor may pave the way for more fracking for oil in Florida, but we can reduce our consumption to the point that fracking for oil is not economically viable. They may refuse to adopt sustainable water policies but we can work together to save our aquifers, springs and rivers by conserving water and engaging our friends in our pro-ative campaign.

Existing utility-based rebate programs fund discounts on purchases like low flow showerheads and toilets, but MeterHero is the first to offer cash for conservation. Water rebates are paid at a penny per gallon and electricity at ten cents per kilowatt-hour. On average, participants earn about $12 per month for each utility bill they pay.

MeterHero launched in California about six months ago and has been quietly building a base of households who want to save water and energy but also like the idea of getting some money for their efforts. Most people who initially participate for the rebates will find after a short while that conserving becomes a habit and a personally rewarding challenge.

Florida Clean Water Network is the first major organization to help sponsor savings rebates in the State of Florida.   Not only do we want to encourage conservation of our resources, but we want our members and their friends to remember every day that we are not dependent on what our irresponsible and extremist Governor and Legislature are doing. We can protect Florida’s resources without their help or cooperation. We hope that our sponsorship will be a catalyst for others in this state who want to do their part to empower Floridians and protect our resources.

Anyone who receives a utility bill is eligible for the MeterHero program. Interested residents can sign up at I hope you will visit this website today, sign-up and renew your efforts to conserve. Then wait for the rebates every month to fill your account. AND be sure to tell your friends, family and co-workers. MeterHero is worldwide, so no matter where someone lives, they can participate.

For all of Florida’s waters,

Linda Young


About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.

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