With the evolution of home printing over the last decade, printing has now become more easily accessible than ever before. All but gone are the days of paying a print shop to print a simple document. Printing at home can save you time and money. With that being said, ink is still a pricey liquid that can really cut into the college student, or coupon clippers, budget.
There are some smart ways to get the most bang for your buck when printing.
Is your font eating up your ink? If you regularly use Arial, you could potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri, Century Gothic or Times New Roman as your default font. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines, so go light instead of bold for your prints.
Now that you have looked at your font, you may want to look at your default printer preferences. Select economy or draft mode if you are printing a casual note, or restaurant coupon, that does not require top quality, and you can save yourself money on those color inks. If you have a commercial printer, you may also have the option to select duplex printing. Selecting this option allows you to easily print on the front and back of each page, cutting your paper cost in half. Once you have changed your printer preferences, then go to print preview to make sure you are printing only what you need instead of printing headers, footers and anything else unnecessary.
Once you are using the least amount of ink and paper per print, you will want to find the lowest price on replacement ink cartridges. You don’t need to purchase name brand ink cartridges, there are many stores, like Clickinks.com, that sell reliable remanufactured ink cartridges, at half the price.
Most of us aren’t printing our own money, so apply these tips and you too can save more money when printing.
We are all trying to save money these days, so here are some of our best tips on how to cut your printing costs in half by taking simple steps like shopping around for the best price, emailing your documents instead of printing them out and using duplex printing.
Don’t spend too much on ink
You can shop around and compare prices on printer ink. You will usually find the best prices, discounts and widest selection on-line. Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are the best price at the highest quality, you will find remanufactured cartridges less than half the price of OEM while performing better than refilled or compatible cartridges. Clickinks.com is known for low priced remanufactured ink and toner cartridges.
Print in economy mode
Next thing is changing your printing preference; how is this going help me save on my printing cost? By changing your printing preferences to print fit to page, change your current resolution to 300 DPI, change you toner saver on, set to economy mode and change your printing settings to text or even draft instead of photo. Once you have changed your printer preferences then go to print preview to make sure you are printing only what you need instead of printing headers, footers and anything else unnecessary.
If your printer has a duplex option, you can print on both the front and back of paper. Many office printers even have the option of automatic duplexing. This will cut your paper costs in half.
Consider your Font
Switching to Calibri, Times New Roman or another narrow font and not using bold effects also means that you use less ink with each letter you print. For more information on Ink Saving Fonts, see our earlier blog.
Email your documents
Are you sharing documents with other co workers? Everything doesn’t need to be printed, many times you can send them by email instead of printing them out, saving time, money, ink and the trees. Only print out what you need, for example let’s say that you have a memo or announcement you can just print the document once and then post it up somewhere everyone can see.
When you aim to save money, you end up spending less on ink or toner, putting less strain on your printer so it lasts longer, saving trees and keeping empty ink cartridges out of the environment.
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Why Ink Cartridges Are So Expensive: The Truth Behind the Prices.
There are many speculations as to why ink cartridges for your printer are so expensive. Some reasons as to why the prices for ink cartridges are so high are due to technology research and development of ink as well as the ink cartridge and the materials used. Others are just opinions of consumers thinking the manufacturer gods want your yearly monetary sacrifices to calm the belly of the ink beast. But what is the truth behind the price?
Well unfortunately, both sides of the story are true, excluding the existence of Ink gods and there being a hungry ink beast waiting to consume your hard earned money. The reality is that quality standards and production costs are certainly a part of the price. The biggest factors playing a role in the high cost of printer ink involves both the containers that hold and dispense ink to printers and the formulated ink used to complete the printing process. I guess it is true what they say, you get what you pay for, but in this case, you definitely pay for research and development, the increase in technology to earn another award and further recognition from Technology Today on the new company development to continue to charge you more and fuel the train to continue the process all over again. Personally I feel as though some of these manufacturers should give stock options with each purchase.
The final price, after all considerations are made, come from the combination of materials spent to produce the product and the intricate technological process of printing designed to create the desired image and quality. To better summarize, the growth of modern day technology equals the growth in price. Take HP for example, early state-of-the-art printer models had about 12 nozzles in the print head and fired droplets at a rate of 10,000 per second. The technology in today's Photosmart 8250 uses 3,900 nozzles to deliver 122 million drops per second onto the paper. The reason for the improvements is simple, the more nozzles used, the smaller the dot size that can be produced in a single print, the smaller the dot size in the print, the higher the visibility and quality of the image being printed.
In addition to the increase of nozzles in the print head, so comes the increase in the technology of the ink. Thom Brown, marketing manager at Hewlett Packard, says HP spends about $1 billion a year on ink research and development (The total revenue for the printing division was $24 billion last year). Inks must be formulated to withstand heating to 300 degrees, vaporization, and being squirted at 30 miles per hour, at a rate of 36,000 drops per second, through multiple nozzles one third the size of a human hair. After all that, the ink must then dry almost instantly on the paper. This actually entails quite a bit of research for a single ink cartridge. Some manufacturers, like HP, have included the print head as part of the cartridge. The precision parts required generally make the cartridges more expensive, but the printers are cheaper since they don't include the precision print head. Other cartridges, like Kodak, do not include the print head and so can cost less, though the printers tend to be somewhat more expensive.
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Did you know that different fonts use differing amounts of ink to create the same characters? The examples listed above are all the same size and none of them have been set to bold. It becomes very obvious when you look at the examples side by side. This very text you are reading is in the Times New Roman font. You would potentially use less printer ink by selecting Calibri as opposed to Broadway or Bauhaus 93. A monetary savings in the thousands could be possible for larger organizations. The University of Wisconsin Green Bay has asked users to switch to Century Gothic for all printed documents. They have also switched their campus wide e-mail to Century Gothic. "The feedback we've gotten so far has been positive…Century Gothic is very readable." The school of 6,500 students was spending about $100,000 per year on ink and toner cartridges.
Recently a popular website tested different fonts for their ink-friendly ways, and Century Gothic and Times New Roman came out on top. Century Gothic uses approximately thirty percent less ink than Arial. The amounts of ink used are generally determined by the thickness of the lines. A font with ‘light’ or ‘narrow’ in its name generally uses less ink that its ‘bold’ counterpart said Thom Brown, an ink researcher with Hewlett Packard. Additionally, serif fonts, those with short horizontal strokes at the top and bottom of the characters, tend to use thinner lines and therefore less ink than a sans serif counterpart.
Now here is where things get a little confusing and not so cut and dry. While changing fonts may help you use less ink and buy fewer ink cartridges, it’s not necessarily the best decision for the environment. That’s because some fonts that use less ink are also wider. A document that’s approximately one page in length in the Arial font could possibly extend onto a second page when printed with Century Gothic. UW-Green Bay said research suggests that the monetary cost of ink is the main cost of a printout. The environmental cost of the additional paper used when printing with these reduced ink fonts is higher. Maybe the individual characters use less ink, but if you're using more paper, that's not so green, is it?
Other tips for reducing printing costs includes printing in ‘draft mode’ whenever possible and re-use and print on both sides of a piece of paper for those drafts. Always use print preview to eliminate wasting pages on useless text, like unwanted images and copyright lines. The use of an ink saving font is just another technique when you’re trying to consider the environmental impact of your printing habits.
So what is the best way to save on printing costs and help the environment? Simple, buy your ink and toner from http://www.clickinks.com/. The use of remanufactured ink cartridges helps to reduce the number of empty cartridges that are disposed of into landfills. Our high quality, low cost remanufactured cartridges are great for both the environment and your bottom line.