Energizing Orcas Youth
Founded by local activists in the Spring of 1997, The Funhouse Commons is a not-for-profit community center that fosters fun and learning with a computer lab, complete audio production studio, a library of educational films and documentaries, facilities for classes and meetings, clubs, and much, much more.
Solar P.V. Array
Funhouse Commons makes use of Photovoltaic Panels (PV) to generate additional electricity that is "banked" with OPALCO. This allows Funhouse Commons to earn credits from energy they produce during peak sunshine, and then utilize those credits when using energy in times without sunshine. This type of PV system is how a vast majority of Solar Panel systems function in Western Washington and are by far the most cost effective as these grid tied systems do not require battery storage for the energy they generate.
Ductless Heat Pump
When it's cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. When it's warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home. One advantage of a heat pump is that it moves heat instead of generating heat, giving you more energy efficiency. These systems much like the Funhouse Commons, can be fit to function in multiple rooms, improving comfort as well as air circulation.
Rainwater collection is almost a necessity when living on the islands. All the water that falls on the roof of Funhouse Commons is channeled down into water collection cisterns and held. An awesome way to make better use of the natural resource we here in Western Washington are all too familiar with. It's also a great way to cut down on your water bill during the dryer seasons.