Mason County PUD No. 3 commissioners gave the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce an early Christmas present last week when they granted the chamber’s Beautification Committee funds to replace the standard incandescent lights used for the Shelton Christmas decorations with low-watt light emitting diodes.

The new lights use one fifth the electricity of the old bulbs and last 10 times longer.
The LEDs will replace bulbs in the Christmas decorations that adorn Shelton, plus those used by Kristmas Town Kiwanis to decorate the fir tree in Post Office Park in downtown Shelton.

The resulting energy savings during the one month of operation is anticipated to be equivalent to 13,600 kWh per year, which is equal to weatherizing nearly four average homes. Money for the project is coming from a PUD No. 3 custom conservation program with funding from the Bonneville Power Administration.

The Christmas decorations have graced Railroad Avenue, parts of Highway 3 and Old Olympic Highway every holiday season since the mid 1970s.