COLUMBUS, OHIO, September 26, 2013 – Guardian Water & Power, a national leading provider of submetering and utility cost recovery services turns 30. Founded in September 1983, our original name was WaterMaster America, Inc. and our primary focus was water submetering. Since our founding, we’ve pioneered several multifamily submetering concepts including customer equivalency billing, consumption analysis procedures, property management software integration and online presentation of utility consumption analytics. In the early years of our business, we consulted with various regulatory agencies and participated in efforts to help solidify the legal foundation of utility submetering in the United States.
Advances in submetering technology coupled with rising energy costs gradually broadened the scope of our work to include gas and electric submetering. In 2001, we established our PowerMaster® subsidiary to provide gas and electric submetering services. Today, we offer all of our submetering and utility management services under one roof and one name: Guardian Water & Power®.
In 2003, Guardian served as a participant in the first comprehensive, national multifamily submetering study. Sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Apartment Association and National Multi Housing Council, the study documented the positive role submetering plays in conserving water resources.
Over the years, we have continuously invested in GuardianSoft+®, our utility billing platform. In 2007, we created our GuardianLink+® module to help clients save time and improve utility management services. GuardianLink+® provides meter reading data and utility billing information via electronic transmission. Through this service, our data exchange software establishes an electronic link between GuardianSoft+™ and most property management software programs including Yardi, OneSite, RealPage, Skyline, AMSI and Rent Manager. In 2008, we launched GuardianScan+® module which provides our clients with 24/7 access to online daily meter readings and consumption data for individual rental units.
The ongoing development of GuardianSoft+® and its related modules is supported by our in-house, IT team of software engineers and web application programmers. While other companies outsource their IT function and purchase off-the-shelf billing software, we believe our in-house development team makes us more responsive to client needs and better able to control utility management costs. Our IT Team is hard at work developing the next generation of GuardianSoft modules.
In 2011, we joined the Insperity Professional Employee Organization (NYSE:NSP). Insperity-affiliated companies have over 120,000 employees all of whom are covered by Insperity-negotiated/administered health insurance, workers compensation and human resource services.
“As one of the oldest and most established submetering and utility billing companies in the country, our longevity speaks to our commitment to the future.” said Harry Apostolos, Guardian CEO. “This commitment is reflected in our ongoing investments in our employees, our IT infrastructure and our client and vendor relationships.”
Today Guardian serves real estate investors and managers in over 30 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Guardian maintains regional sales and technical services offices in Raleigh (NC), Ann Arbor (MI), New York City (NY), and will be expanding to Seattle (WA) in early 2014.
More information can be found at guardianwp.com.