Case Study | Harbor Steps Apartments

Harbor Steps Apartments


“The sales engagement was collaborative – exploring all options and working to find the one that was most financially viable for Equity. It was clear from the beginning that Resound Energy was interested in a partnership and not a high pressure sales strategy.”

Solution Design

We start every engagement with a free facility walk through to generate a detailed cost benefit analysis and proposal which includes product spec sheets.

Utility Rebate Management

Our customers only pay net project cost after rebate. Utility rebate application services are provided by Resound staff to ensure correct rebate funding.


As a licensed general contractor, Resound provides product demo’s to illustrate light quality and output in addition to our comprehensive installation services.

Warranty Management

You will never have to change a light again for the term of the warranty. Product warrantees ranging from 3 to 7 years are managed by Resound staff.

Equity Residential Leads with LEDs

Harbor StepsEquity Residential (EQR) is a Chicago based real estate investment trust that owns over 400 properties in 14 states. Resound Energy and EQR started working together in 2011 to review their entire Seattle portfolio. In 2012, Resound Energy completed projects at six different buildings accounting for over $44,000 in annual energy savings at a combined payback of 10 months!

Harbor Steps Apartments is EQR’s most recognizable and premier property in Seattle—located just blocks from Pike Place Market and the waterfront. Resound Energy retrofitted their existing stairwell fixtures with LEDs throughout three towers—each with over 20 stories. Each of the fixtures were replaced with LED tubes after rewiring and re-moving the ballasts. The result is an even output, clean neutral light.

Harbor Steps Projects Highlights

  • Over 300 T8 fixtures converted to LED
  • Resound Energy managed the utility rebate process throughout—from initial application to post installation verification

Harbor Steps Results

  • $10,867 in annual electric savings with a payback of 2.7 years!
  • 80% of total costs covered by Seattle City Light rebate
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