Posts Tagged ‘Fort Collins

Cost of Washing Reusable Bags

Posted in Insightson Aug 20, 2014

According to this USA Today article, you should wash your reusable grocery bags once per week to avoid getting sick.  How much does it cost to wash your bags?

Suppose you wash all your bags in a separate load of laundry, once per week.  That load of laundry requires:

  • About 1.1 kWh of electricity to wash in a front-loader and 1.4 kWh to dry for just 20 minutes.
  • About 15 gallons of water for your front-loader washer
  • Laundry detergent.

In Fort Collins, water rates are $2.53 per 1000 gallons, sewage rates are $3.34 per 1000 gallons, and about $0.09 per kWh of electricity.  Member’s Mark liquid detergent from Sam’s Club costs $0.11 per load.

For an entire year of washing reusable bags every week, you would use:

  • 130 kWh of electricity
  • 780 gallons of water (and sewage)
  • 80 ounces of laundry detergent.

For a total cost of: about $22 to wash your reusable bags once per week.

Fort Collins recently passed an ordinance requiring stores to charge $0.05 per disposable bag.  For the $22 cost of washing bags, a person could instead “buy” 440 plastic bags.

Environmental Cost: The main motive for charging for disposable bags in Fort Collins was the environmental impact of those bags.  What is the environmental impact of washing the reusable bags?  What is the environmental impact of producing the reusable bags?  What is the environmental impact of reusable bags that are worn out and thrown away?

Xcel West Main Gas Pipeline

Posted in Businesson Aug 4, 2014

Dear Xcel Energy,

Your communications about the Xcel West Main Gas Pipeline construction through Fort Collins have been misleading.  Considerations to Fort Collins motorists have been minimal.

In an April 21 article in the Coloradoan, Kevin Duggan reports that East bound Drake Road would be closed for two weeks for construction.  15 weeks later and there is still construction on Drake Road causing lane closures.

In a June 30 article in the Coloradoan, Kevin Duggan reports that work should wrap up that week, by July 4, along Drake and Timberline, except that it hasn’t.

On your own website you state, “There are currently no road or lane closures in place for work along South Timberline Road north of the Drake Road intersection.” (Pulled 8:45am, August 4).  Except that as I drove by this morning I noticed that a South bound lane was closed for more construction.

I understand the need for infrastructure upgrades.  But the importance of such upgrades are no excuse for poor communications with the public.  Not only is information passed through the newspaper or your website incorrect, but roadside information has been almost non-existent.  There have been no signs informing the public of possible delays.  Even “LEFT LANE CLOSED AHEAD” signs are located low to the ground on the right side of the road where they often can’t be seen by drivers in the left lane.  That is not being “responsible by nature.”

Maybe you are wrapping things up (although I’ve thought that a few times before) and it is too late to make this plea, but I request that you get your communications act together and start being more forthcoming with the public about lane closures, possible delays, and the realistic time frames for such activities.

Sincerely,

Jacob Brunson

Record heat

Posted in Generalon Jan 21, 2009

Fort Collins this week is having a nice little January heat wave.  Record high temperatures are reported and predicted this week, according to a Coloradoan.com article. Yesterday we hit 70 degrees, which was a new record.  Today is also suppose to be the same, also breaking a record.  This sort of heat is bound to quite global warming critics.  I’ve very much enjoyed the weather, mostly because it allowed me to more easily fix my car.

But don’t worry too much, because this is Colorado after all.  Snow is predicted Thursday night and Friday.  And that is the way it goes.  70 degrees one day, snow the next.

Weather in Fort Collins

Posted in Generalon Mar 7, 2008

One thing I like about the weather in Fort Collins is that the actual current temperatures can actually be higher than the high for the day. Right now, for example, it is 55 degrees, even though Google only said the high was going to be 42.

Tomorrows predicted high is higher than todays predicted high, I wonder if that means that tomorrow will be warmer than it was today, which would be nice because I want to go hiking tomorrow.

Avago’s site search

Posted in Technicalon Feb 11, 2008

I work at HP in Fort Collins, Colorado, which shares its campus with Avago Technologies. I was curious to see what sort of products my neighbors were working on, so I checked out there website. One thing I noticed was their search box:
Avago Search Box

What the heck is a parametric search anyway?

It is important for web sites to clearly present an interface, without making the user think. Puting an abstract term like parametric search just confuses users.

I’m moving to Fort Collins, Colorado

Posted in Lifeon Dec 20, 2007

Last week I was interviewing with Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins, Colorado. They were interviewing me for a software developer position to do programming for embedded Linux systems. The trip was incredibly fun, and the interview went well too. The day after I got home, I received a phone call from HP and they extended the job offer to me.

I’ve accepted the offer, which means in January I’ll be moving to Fort Collins, Colorado. I’m very excited about this time of my life and I’m looking forward to all the new adventures which await me.


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