Energy Efficiency

A Look At The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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Ford brings something different to the U.S market with the C-Max Hybrid. The American automaker is generally known for its durable trucks like the F150 and efficient compact cars like the Fiesta. However, Ford is taking a risk by introducing a vehicle type that is generally not as popular in America as Europe; the wagon. What makes the C-Max different from every other wagon on the market is it’s fuel efficiency; it achieves an impressive 47 mpg overall.

One look at the C-MAX lets you know that this isn’t an ordinary car. Its design is practical with five doors while still being edgy and modern at the same time. The C-Max is a brand new model to the Ford lineup; 2013 will be the first time that it will be available to U.S buyers. Buyers are able to select from two trim levels; SE and SEL. The more expensive SEL model comes equipped with a liftgate, a rear camera, and upgraded sound system and a glass roof. Both of the trim levels are powered by a 2.0 4 cylinder and achieves 188 horsepower thanks to an electric motor that works in tandem with a traditional engine. The electric motor is powered by a 1.6 lithium ion battery that is stored in the trunk space.

Acceleration is fast and powerful despite the C-Max’s hybrid status partly due to the CVT transmission. Curb weight for the C-MAX is substantial and comes in at 3600 pounds. When it comes to speed, the C-MAX can reportedly reach 62 mph just on electric power. Mileage range is also significantly higher than that of the Prius V; the C-MAX’s main competitor. The interior is spacious with sufficient room for five adults and fine materials. Standard features include USB compatibility with most music players and Bluetooth compatibility which allows the driver to make hands free telephone calls.

Optional features include MyFordTouch, SYNC, a tailgate system, navigation, a rearview camera and a self-parallel parking feature which can come in handy for those who live in crowded cities. Cargo space stands at 24.5 cubic feet. Safety features include an air bag system, 4 wheel disc brakes, ESC, brake assist and traction control. Pricing ranges from the mid $25k range for the base model all the way to $28k for a top of the line trim level with all of the bells and whistles. The Ford C-Max hybrid would be a good choice for anyone looking for a hybrid vehicle with great mileage.

Most Popular Fixes To Increase Home Comfort And Energy Efficiency

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Keeping your home comfort levels high while maintaining an efficient home does not have to be difficult. In fact, there are several small things you can do around your home with very little money that will increase your comfort levels while decreasing your bills.

Insulate Electrical Outlets and Switches

A lot of energy is lost through drafty switches and sockets. You can purchase small kits at any big box retailer or home improvement store that will allow you to insulate all of your switches and outlets. Depending on the size of your home, you can typically do this for under $50.

Update Old Windows

Old windows can wreak havoc on your heating and cooling system. You may have to spend some money to replace the windows, but in most cases if you choose energy efficient windows you will make that money back in utility savings in just a few years. If you do not have the money to replace all the windows, do what you can and work on insulating the rest. Even just replacing the caulk around the windows can dramatically improve a drafty room. In the winter you can find plastic kits that will seal the windows, helping to improve the efficiency.

Check the Doors

Doors are another big source of heat loss during the winter. Cool air from indoors can also seep out during the summer months. You do not have to replace your doors to help fix this problem. If the doors are in good condition, consider using an expanding foam to reduce gaps around the door frame.

Sealing Vents

Laundry vents, outdoor faucets, and other types of hook ups can create energy loss. Walk around the outside perimeter of your home and inspect for these areas that could be insulated. Insulating and sealing these items can create a much more efficient home.

Attic Insulation

A good layer of insulation in your attic will prevent heat from escaping through the ceiling and roof of your home. You can do this on your own with just a small investment in the insulation. You can also hire a professional to blow in the insulation if you do not want to deal with this on your own.

Simple Additions

Another way to increase your homes comfort and lower bills is by adding small details such as insulated curtains. These will help prevent air from escaping and can be purchased for around $30 a set. If you have hardwood floors, adding a throw rug to rooms that are heavily populated will actually help maintain the temperature.
Professional Inspections

At least once a year you should have your heating and cooling system inspected. This will alert you of any potential problems, and can help you maintain your homes comfort while keeping your utility bills in check. If you have a service contract with a company this is typically covered. If not, it does not cost a lot of money to have an inspection done annually.

Star Ultra Max 48 Electric Griddle Vs. Vulcan 48 Gas Griddle

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Thinking of adding an electric commercial griddle to your professional kitchen? If so, you have many options, but there are two that stand out among the crowd. These are the Star Ultra Max 48″ Electric Griddle and the Vulcan 48″ Gas Griddle.

Both are excellent choices, but like most commercial kitchen equipment, each has its own features that make it stand out. Lets take a look at some of the features of each.

Star Ultra Max 48″ Electric Griddle

Designed for the highest volume operations to provide only the best performance and reliability
Has Snap Action adjustable controls which allow you to easily go from 150 to 450F, while also providing you super accurate temperature control
Contains internal plate sensors which will accurately measure the temperature, meaning you get instant response to temperature change
Available in many sizes to fit your space and needs
Thick stainless steel plates allow for excellent heat distribution as well as fast recovery and energy efficiency
Every foot of cook surface contains 4350 watts of heat for only the best cooking performance you can get
Heavy duty construction contains a stainless steel front and side panels, as well as the bull nose and splash guard
Easy access to front controls
Grease trough that is wide enough for a 3 1/2 inch spatula makes for super easy cleanup
6 quart stainless steel grease drawer means that you have to clean up less often
Durable and adjustable 4 legs will fit your counter space
Optional casters and floor model stands are available for the freestanding griddle

Vulcan 48″ Gas Griddle

Has a beautiful stainless steel front, top and sides along with the Cool Bullnose design
Stainless steel and aluminized steel chassis frame ensures durability
Low profile cooking at only 11 with 4 adjustable legs
Polished steel griddle grate contains 12 gage, 4 stainless steel back and tapered side splashes
Easy to clean the grease with the 3 1/2 inch grease chute; easily stops grease from moving around
Contains 27,000 BTU/hr for every foot of cook surface
Temperature adjustment is easy with the one snap thermostat on each burner that heats from 200 to 550F fast
6 quart standard stainless steel grease drawer; for the 60 inch and 72 inch models, you get two grease drawers
Knob guards are made of heavy duty chrome
For every two burners there is a one pilot safety valve. If the pilot goes out, the gas in the burners will go out as a safety precaution.
Contains a manual ignition and bottom heat shields
One year limited warranty for parts and labor

Both are fully featured commercial griddles that can be adjusted to fit your kitchen size and space. Each griddle is built to last and withstand all day cooking in your commercial kitchen. No matter which model you choose, youll find that you cant go wrong with two top quality highly recognized brands in commercial kitchen equipment.

Smart Buildings – More Than Just Energy Efficiency

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The smartest people in the commercial real estate industry agree–if we really got energy efficiency in buildings right using smart building technologies, corporations could save so much money that there would be little need for solar panels or windmills. While most experts are still strong supporters of these alternative energy sources, they agree that extreme energy efficiency measures could have very dramatic positive results.

On the other hand, there are an increasing number of people who are growing disenchanted with the energy efficiency movement. It is not that they are against the idea, it just seems like it is an “all or nothing” proposition, and one of the major aspects of smart building technologies is the impact they can have on OPERATIONS and TENANT SAFETY/SATISFACTION as well as energy efficiency–which solar panels and windmills don’t offer.
In our world of buildings, a world that impacts us every time we enter an office, mall, school or sporting venue, and an environment that requires a great degree of operational support, why totally ignore the operational benefits, financial and human productivity possibilities, and tenant safety/satisfaction potential of intelligent, connected, high performance smart buildings?

This new generation of smart buildings, in which an IT infrastructure is laid on top of a building and every electro-mechanical device is IP enabled and connected with the ability to send data and be controlled, can provide energy savings and a WHOLE LOT MORE. The concept of centralized portfolio control with dramatically reengineered workflow, combined with advanced data analytics and visualization, could have an equal (if not greater) impact on the operational and tenant satisfaction bottom line of a building when comparing energy efficiency and savings.

Building owners care a lot about the costs of running a building. If these state of the art concepts and technologies can significantly reduce operating costs, why not exploit that fact? These details should be included in the overall strategy when cost-justifying the retrofitting of existing buildings. It makes sense to look at every aspect of these intelligent and smart buildings. Go through the front door with energy efficiency but, by no means stop there; operational efficiency and tenant satisfaction will round out the complete justification for making smart building investments.

One small, yet interesting example of this approach would be the management of fire extinguishers. Despite more technology in an iPhone than we had on the first space launch, we continue each month to walk every square foot of our buildings in search of a fire extinguisher with a small paper card attached and a hole to punch. With some pretty basic smart building technology, we can connect those fire extinguishers to a network and monitor them in real time, with almost no future financial investment. This also has a good sustainability aspect, as we are not using natural resources to transport humans in their search for cards to punch.

Another area relevant to smart building technology with a very fast payback is digital signage. Despite the fact that the hardware and technology costs have become very competitive, we continue to rely on analog solutions to communicate information in our lobbies. If you look at the cost and process, with multiple people and methods of getting a tenant’s name up on a lobby sign, it is a very inefficient way to communicate tenant information. In addition to a simple tenant directory, digital signage can also offer advertising (potential revenues), and fire life safety information in the event of an emergency.

Many different areas of a building’s operations would benefit greatly from automation: HVAC, lighting, security/access, energy, fire/life/safety, lifts, water management, landscaping/irrigation, audio visual, digital signage, parking, voice/data and more.

If we truly want to take our buildings to the next level of sophistication and take advantage of all available technologies, then start thinking of the three categories that make a smart building–energy efficiency and conservation, operational efficiency, tenant safety and satisfaction. If we include all of these categories in our financial justification models, it becomes a much easier decision to retrofit and move our buildings into the 21st century.

The Key To Victory On The Street hit First – Hit Hard – Hit Often

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I have studied more than a few tremendous punchers in my career, and being a no hype kind of guy, I must admit that the vast majority of them have been old school boxers, and bare knuckle boxers.

This is because I am a firm believer in the ‘straight punch,’ and quite frankly I find that todays athletic version of the hero’s of the past are quite lacking when it comes to the mechanics of a pure and truly powerful straight punch, or should I say straight lead.

In fact I believe in it’s power, efficiency and effectiveness so much that I have over time made it the center piece of my B.K.E. fighting system.

You see I believe that martial arts are about fighting and protecting oneself from those who would inflict their physical or psychological wishes, or way of life on you.

This means that the art in ‘martial arts’ does not stand for movies or flash, cash and celebrity status.

The art in ‘martial art’ stands for fighting, for combat; at least where I and the B.K.E. fighting system are concerned.

And as far as I am concerned there is absolutely no technique that covers so many of the intangibles of fighting like the straight lead. It’s applications are indeed almost limitless.

In battle there is no time for fancy or complicated movements. The technique we use must be efficient and effective.

There is no time for wasted motion and a correctly applied and properly thrown ‘straight lead’ is both efficient, as well as strategically sound.

First off the majority of street wise guys and thugs attack with wild swings, and slaps. Some even use semi-properly executed hooks. In short they are all bear/cats.

Primal little animals who are mostly incapable of executing well thought out attacks. They are untrained, they are bullies, and they are thugs.

Even if they are trained the vast majority of them will do nothing more than use the straight “jab” as a set-up for what they home to be a knock-out punch ( a hook).

“There it is” so how do you deal with this type of undisciplined and primal behavior?

You must let your opponent know from the out-set that your lead hand is a dangerous. Make sure they understand that it is a threat. Pop him a few times right off the bat, and make him respect it. Once you understand that he does not have an answer for it, that he has no other recourse but to stop the attack, rush you or continue doing as he is – you own him.

The rest is a piece of cake.

You can make him flinch, react to what ever you wish. You can guide him, sucker him or knock him out anytime you wish.

That is as long you are throwing the straight lead correctly and applying the proper principles of power production to the technique. This is an absolute must because a properly thrown straight lead is NOT A JAB.

A jab is of precious little use as an offensive weapon, and even more useless as a defensive one. A properly executed ‘straight lead’ on the other hand is a great defensive weapon, “stop hit,” that also has uses as a simple direct as well as progressive direct attacks.

In the heat of battle, there is no time to think. The more steps needed for an attack, the more time is wasted in thought and the more danger you put yourself in. The flashier the technique, the more time and energy is used in wasted motion.

My studies, as well as my 30 years of experience has taught me one thing and to illustrate it I will quote another strong advocate of the straight lead, Bruce Lee. Bruce said,” There is no effective trick to stop a properly timed simple attack, and always remember the best technique is offense or defense is the simple one properly performed.

So if your really interested in learning a power, effective and energy efficient method of protecting yourself and ending a fight early, learn the following movements:

* The Dempsey Drop or Fall Step
* The Shoulder Whirl
* The Upward Surge
* The Leg Spring
* The Push-Off

And learn correctly from a reliable source not from all the self-professed coaches on You Tube. You need to learn them from someone who has spent their entire life studying, and applying the principles of power that come with these movements.

Study Jim Driscoll, Edward Haslett, the fencing coach Aldo Nadi, Jack Dempsey and of course Bruce Lee himself, and while I do not put myself in such esteemed company as the greats above you can go to our website and study the B.K.E. Fighting system.

Until next time remember – ” Hit First – Hit Hard – Hit Often”

John H Grissom
http://www.propowerfit.com

Phone 4 Energy Review

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Everyday, people uses electricity to light their home, cook their foods and enjoy doing other things. As a result, a lot of electricity is consumed daily by the average American. As such, some people have resorted to using different possible sources of energy such as the sun, wind and water. However, there is one source that is very accessible to everyone without the need of an elaborate equipment. Practically everybody has it and now it can be used in not just for a single purpose.

1. The Telephone And Its Many Uses.

Telephones are so helpful that they allow you to talk to your loved ones regardless of wherever they are. However, there is still one use of a telephone that only Phone 4 Energy is able to tap and that it can also be used as an excellent source of electricity.

Accordingly, telephone lines get their power from a source which is different from those where you get your usual power source. By using Phone 4 Energy’s kit, you will be able to unleash a perfect alternative for your exorbitant electricity fees. Besides, a good number of people have tried it and claims that the thing does work as advertised.

2. Save More With Phone 4 Energy.

A big chunk of your monthly budget goes to electricity. This is one sentiment that is shared by hundreds of households all over the world. Well, with Phone 4 Energy, you will not only cut your electricity consumption but you can even get yours for free. With all these savings, you can now treat your family to a fancy restaurant, travel to other places and buy new stuffs.

3. Get More For Less.

It is not often that an opportunity like this happens. Thus, you need to get it while it is still hot. After all, this do-it-yourself kit is very easy to comprehend and apply. It has all the tools that you need in order to get started. Best of all it is very affordable. To save you from all the troubles that shopping can bring, you can order the kit online and have it delivered to your doorstep. Buying the Phone 4 Energy kit is a good investment. It translates into lots of savings not to mention how they can be practical and convenient. The kit is sold online and once you have posted your order, you will get yours in just a click of a mouse. You can also download it if you prefer reading it like a book.

Fitness Recumbent Exercise Bike And Muscle Building

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Recumbent exercise bike is exercise equipment that puts the person using it in a little reclined position while exercising. It puts a lesser amount of stress on the knees and back compared to other normal bicycles. Its reclined position and movements are more comfortable for its users than any other exercise equipment. Recumbent exercise bike regular sessions help in working all the buttock and thigh muscles.

For fitness recumbent exercise bike is a great alternative. It can give you a fit body with toned thigh and buttock muscles at the same time. Each and every part of your body gets benefited by the recumbent exercise bikes. Because of the wide and cushioned seats, it can be used by everybody regardless of his/her weight. This fitness equipment is perfect for long workout sessions. It is ideal for the heavy weight person who has just begun his/her workout regime.

Sometimes one gets his/her legs or back injured in an accident and cannot do any kind of physical activity for some time. The doctors recommend recumbent bike exercise for such people as this does not put pressure on knees and lower back while exercising. Many recumbent exercise bikes can be adjusted to the users required height and comfort so that the user can stretch his/her knees almost fully.

Sportsman and athletes can also use the recumbent exercise bike as it is useful for increasing their stamina, energy level and efficiency. The bike racers can be most benefited from this exercise as they can adjust and increase the bikes resistance to increase the difficulty level. Biking requires a lot of stamina and competence. Therefore it is perfect for the sports people to include this particular exercise in their regular workout schedule.

The recumbent exercise bike is so easy to use that even small children can use it without any kind of difficulty. Therefore the personal trainers usually suggest a recumbent bike workout for beginners. This not only helps in losing weight but also burns more calories compared to any other exercise equipment.

This exercise can never be dull and monotonous. You can change the difficulty level that is resistance of the bike from easy to hilly resistance. Therefore, if you are planning to buy a recumbent exercise bike for you, then going for a bike with maximum possible variations is a good idea. This way it will be useful for you for longer period of time. There are different advantages for men and women of recumbent exercise bike. The bucket like seats allows men to use this bike comfortably as compared to other regular exercise bikes. Men can adjust the bike to get lower abdominal exercise. This is very helpful in getting six pack abs.

The shape of the lower body parts is a cause of concern for women. Recumbent exercise bike is the perfect solution for this problem. This exercise can easily burn fat around waist and thighs. Women can get lean lower body shape using this exercise.

Eat well, exercise regularly, and get a healthy body.

Does The Cost Of Maintaining A Large Wind Farm Outweigh The Benefits

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There are really two main types of wind farms small scale and large scale. Small wind turbines produce enough power to generate an average twelve-volt appliance. Any equipment within your home or other small sized buildings can be operated using alternative energy in the format of wind. The appeal of wind turbines is easy to see; they are a clean and cost effective source of renewable energy.

Large facilities have turbines that are connected as a grid which are able to function as one unit and can store vast amounts of energy. These turbines function as a whole by self-adjusting to the direction of the wind in order to maximize efficiency. Large-scale wind farms also require a lot more funding than the small-scale farms. These large-scale farms will require a lot more funding, expertise and also research. In a lot of cases the smaller wind farms are actually a lot more logical. Despite this the large-scale farms are certainly worth considering. Using wind generate electricity will encourage people to look at the amount of electric that they actually use. As an increasing number of people opt to use wind generated power there will be an increasing number of funding options that become available for larger scaled wind farms.

For large scale wind projects there has been a lot of debate to whether wind turbines are actually worth the investment. These turbines are costly but they are also cost effective and efficient. Many people wonder if the reward outweighs the investment. Over time large scale wind farms have proven very efficient.

After all, new wind farms are really only an improvement on a process that has been around for decades. There are many remote areas of the world that rely solely on wind power as a way of generating electricity. If small villages around the world can use the wind effectively then it only makes sense that it can be replicated on a larger scale.

One of the most common arguments regarding wind farm energy production is that until recently, the original equipment manufacturers have taken care of much of the unscheduled maintenance and wind turbine repair under maintenance/warranty agreements. However, in the past couple of years warranties have begun to expire causing maintenance and repair issues to become a much larger concern for farm owners and operators.

Many owners have found that avoiding unexpected maintenance issues by hiring professional O&M companies to do routine service checks and implementations has helped maintain a good rate of return. It is important that up to date maintenance is carried out in order to maintain the turbines and continue to be cost effective. There is a lot of preventative maintenance that has to be carried out on the turbines and this work is very important in order to continue to produce energy effectively. The regular maintenance work that will need to be carried out on a large scaled wind farm is changing gearbox oils, cleaning the blades of the turbines, checking the tension on the bolts and also monitoring the control of the blade pitches.

New wind energy projects are using the information gained at these existing facilities to eliminate flaws that may create unscheduled maintenance. Maintenance aside, once a wind facility has been constructed they have no fuel costs and therefore are not affected by fuel price volatility associate with natural gas-fired power plants. Long term benefits can also be associated with wind turbines because they do not produce CO2 or other greenhouse gases. This will actually make wind energy even more competitive if current discussions about carbon regulations are enacted.

The Best Split Ac’s With Maximum Energy Efficiency

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Electronic gadgets had always been the eye-catchers for people because of its advanced technology and comfort quotients attached to it. However, it is also true that, the demand for products largely depends on the requirement of people in that area. For instance, they are mostly common in the tropical countries which are hot and humid. For this reason, air coolers are frequently on demand in countries like India, Gulf countries, African continent, Indonesia etc. In this context, air conditioners are almost necessary in every place, because of its dual functions of cooling as well as warming. There are numerous split air conditioners available in the market. Hence, it has become really difficult to determine which one would be the best split AC, that suits your requirements.

The Indian sub-continent has a tropical climate with a maximum average temperature of 40 degree Celcius. Hence, the requirement for a cooler or an air conditioner is of utmost importance. Other than using them in households, it is also highly used in office environments. Infact, the importance of such cooling gadgets are very much evident from the fact that, even the sole proprietor domestic companies have cooling gadgets in their office. However, among all air conditioners, the Electrolux 1.0T Split AC can well be considered as one of the best split AC gadget for its competitive pricing as well as extended advanced specifications.

What makes this AC unique is the fact that it is light weighted and can be carried anywhere without unnecessary harassment. So if you are relocating somewhere or need to shift it from one place to the another, you can easily do it without bothering to call extra helping hands so as to help you carry it. Other than this, another plus point of the Electrolux 1.0T Split AC lies in the fact that, it is flat faced and does not occupy too much space in your room, thus leaving enough space to walk around freely. What is most amazing is that, it is a digitally enhanced device with user friendly options along with a LCD remote control.

Other than this, it provides excellent energy efficiency, that reduces fear for high electric bills. This means that, you can now keep it on throughout the day as well as night, and enjoy the cool atmosphere inside your room or office. This device is highly advisable for people who are living in remote villages with frequent power cuts. Under such circumstances, if you have a battery or a generator at home, you can use the power supply from the battery to run the AC without hassles. Another most amazing feature of this device is that, it has a 3 stage filter with bactericidal properties that not only prevents bacterial growth, but also relieves the atmosphere from foul smell. Most amazingly, it also has a special microprocessor that helps to identify any malfunctioning in the gadget.

Apart from this, even the Voltas 1.0 vertis Elite 3 Star has also become pretty famous among users for its fast cooling effects and excellent digitally enhanced options. Infact, a considerable number of people, have started considering it as one of the best split AC for its high quality compressor, energy efficiency as well as various digitally enhanced user-friendly options. Some of the other latest split AC’s are Haier HSU-12LEA03, Hitachi-RAU018HODZ1, Bluestar HWE242YB, etc.

London Data Centres and the Olympics

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The London Olympics is fast approaching, and the city is already starting to show signs of strain where power is concerned. Much of London has already been subject to power shortages as a result of the Olympic build-up, and energy costs inside the M25 are now up to 30 percent higher than the rest of the country.

Naturally, many large, London-based data centre providers have expressed their concern about the rising costs associated with running a data centre in the city. Perhaps more worrying is the potential for short-term power outages during the Olympics, as any down-time could be extremely damaging to a providers reputation and could even jeopardise the accessibility of their clients data.

An additional concern for businesses who use data centres located in the Capital, is the inevitable issue of physical access: with huge crowds descending upon central London and surrounding areas, traffic and public transport are due to be at an all time high. At peak times, these crowds could seriously restrict access to data centres, especially those located close to the Olympic Village. A lack of physical access could also present big problems if engineers are unable to reach data centres when theyre in need of maintenance or repair.

As a solution to these potential problems, some providers are offering short-term service contracts for the duration of the Olympics and Paralympics, allowing businesses to temporarily colocate their data in centres outside the capital. While this solution may not suit every business, it will undoubtedly appeal to those who require regular access to their data during the games.

Out of town data facilities are becoming much more common as a whole, and the Olympics could encourage many businesses to reconsider their London-based service provider, in favour of an out of town location. Aside from avoiding the Olympic disruptions, there are many benefits of using a data centre outside of London:

Many outside the capital data centres are new and purpose built, meaning better facilities, newer technology and better energy efficiency

The cost of property and power is significantly less, resulting in savings for the client

The risk of terrorist threats is significantly less, when compared to central London

In addition to the potential power outages, costs and access restrictions, there is a real concern about the lack of bandwidth available, and whether there will be enough to handle the huge influx of people that will be descending upon London during the course of the Olympics. While most big service providers will have the ability to overcome bandwidth issues, the rest of London can expect a degree of slow service during the event.

As the Olympics draw ever closer, the associated problems are sure to escalate, and while its impossible to predict the exact levels of disruption the games will cause, it would appear that there’s never been a better time for businesses to relocate their data outside the Capital.