Tire Gauge … Solix EDMS

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Have you ever tried riding a bicycle with under-inflated tires? It’s hard for the human engine to push it ahead. Pump it up; it seems like you’re gliding on air. Well the same is true for your car, and we are wasting so much fuel as a nation running cars with underinflated tires and badly tuned engines that President Obama talked about it during the election campaign.

How bad is this problem? In 2005 students at Carnegie Mellon University checked the tire pressure on 81 cars parked on campus. They only found one vehicle with properly inflated tires. The rest were under-inflated by an average of 20%. At that time gasoline was $3 per gallon, close to the price today, and the students calculated that each of those 80 drivers would save $432 per year based on typical driving just by inflating their tires to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure and this does not include the decrease in tire wear and resulting savings in fewer blowouts.

According to, fueleconomy.gov the gas savings for having a properly tuned car is 16 cents per gallon. The savings from properly inflated tires varies, but the site says 1% of fuel economy is lost for every 2 psi of under inflation. Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4%, although results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that at least a quarter of drivers are cruising around on under-inflated tires. The Rubber Manufacturers Association, Auto Club, California Highway Patrol and Yokohama Tire Company used those statistics, along with Department of Transportation and Automobile Association of America data, to extrapolate that 2.8-billion gallons of gas are lost every year due to under-inflation of tires.

What an inexpensive tire gauge can do for your wallet, the world economy and the environment, Solix EDMS in your data center can do the same. Right Tire pressure or right tiered data in your data center, both yield huge returns. Database Archiving and Application Retirement can decrease the number of servers and spinning disks on the floor, saving valuable space and cutting energy and cooling use, and therefore cost and carbon emissions. And by managing the size of active data it can delay the addition or upgrade of storage servers and disks, saving capital funds, which have become scarce in this economy.

The U.S. Congress is working now on a major clean energy legislation. While the focus of debate and news coverage has been on Clean Energy and creation of jobs. The motivation, of course, is the environment and global warming. Well, if you are looking to do something that benefits yourself, country and the world:

  • Buy a tire gauge for your vehicle and use it at the start of every month
  • Implement Solix EDMS in your data center

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