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.
Home printers are nice to have at home, and ever so useful. Now that you are Making the Most of your Home Printer
, you may be questioning the quality of your printer.
Inkjet printers are nice to have if you are printing color photos once a week. If not, you may want to look into the benefits of a laser printer.
Buy in bulk. You know to save money on groceries and paper products by buying in larger quantities, but did you know that laser toner can also save you money? You will find the laser printer, as well as the toner cartridges, at a higher initial purchase price, but once you figure in the yield of a toner cartridge
versus inkjet, you will see the significant savings.
Longer lasting quality. To keep your inkjet from drying up, you need to print out all the colors once every week or so. If you are like me, daily printing is done in the office and the fun photos and useful coupons are printed as needed, which may not occur until the next holiday. Laser toner is a powder, it will not dry up and will be top quality whenever you print.
Large jobs. Not only can a laser printer wait longer until use, it is more productive at printing those large jobs when they do arise. Laser printers are recommended for offices and for anyone running heaving printing jobs.
Print Faster. In an office, or in a hurry? Laser printers print, well, at laser speed. Pardon the pun.
Quality text. While inkjets are superior for often printing photos, laser printers offer a superior text quality. You will want to look at what you print, as well as how often you print, when making the decision to switch to a Laser printer.
Are you sick to death of the outrageous prices HP charge for their original black ink cartridges? You might avoid paying through the nose by purchasing from a remanufactured ink
vendor. Or, if you’re hopelessly attached to the contents of the wallet, you might print documents with your own blood.
This, according to a bar chart created by Clementine at ReflectionOf.Me, is almost half the price of HP black ink # 45. All you need is an emptied ink cartridge and a blood donor pack. That woozy sensation you’re feeling as you fill the cartridge? That, dear reader, is what saving feels like - glorious, glorious savings.
Looking for details before you undertake this (admittedly drastic) procedure? HP’s black ink retails for $0.70 per mL, as opposed to $0.40 per mL for human blood. Need some liquid courage before you start? That’s no problem, because according to the bar chart, vodka retails for almost nothing. And if the whole thing goes wrong and you find yourself in the hospital – that’s okay too, because penicillin is only $0.05 per mL.
So get printing – and who knows? Before long HP might unveil its new ‘Vampire’ series.
Recently market research firms including Gartner and InfoTrends have released reports telling companies that they can save money on their printing costs by reducing the number of persons per printer. But at the General Sessions Court in Chattanooga, Tennessee, resident Judges have taken this policy to its logical extreme. By banning local lawyers from the corridor outside their offices, they have restricted access to their copier machine and saved 50% on their printing costs. Whereas, according to a Judge Bales, the ‘copier was breaking down once every six weeks’ before the restrictions were put in place, now the copier ‘has not broken down in more than a year.’ Businesses may learn a lot from this approach: simply refusing to let persons use their printer is a great way to keep them pristine.
This policy of the Chattanooga City Court was put in place at the climax of a ‘persistent erosion of collegiality’ between attorneys and Judges. This concerns alleged abuses of the General Sessions Court facilities on the part of visiting attorneys. Speaking to Chattanoogan.com, Judge Moon spoke of ‘major fiscal concerns’ not only regarding the copier but the City Court kitchen. ‘We have five judges and three staff members in our General Sessions Court. Only three of the eight drink coffee and yet we have previously had the highest coffee expense in Hamilton County for any office our size. Our annual coffee bill was approximately $2,600 annually for only three people,’ he said. By restricting access to the kitchen the Judges have reduced the coffee bill to $500 for themselves and the taxpayer.
A group of 30 attorneys have sent a letter to the City Court judges, calling the restriction to their access to the corridor ‘an insult.’ They object to the new policy not only because the court corridor was used for legitimate business, but because they were not consulted before the new policy was put into place. The attorneys said that business in the Court ‘is dependent upon quick access to all the parties concerned, including law enforcement officers, victims, witnesses and multiple attorneys.’ Yet they may have to learn to live with the changes; the judges have no plans to reverse their decision after reviewing reduced costs of maintenance for their copier and a smaller bill for paper
Paper Saving Tips
- Print on Both Sides: Whether you are printing or making copies, you can cut your paper (& paper costs) usage in half by simply selecting to print on both sides. Some printers offer a “duplex” feature, even if yours does not you can simply print your odd numbered pages first (beginning with your first page), then flip around the pages and print the even pages on the other side (beginning with page 2).
- Print two pages on each side: Another money saving feature that you can select is to print columns. No matter what type of printer you have, Microsoft Word has this print option. If printing from another program, you can simply reduce the size of your images or font, allowing you to fit more on each page.
- Also, when you are printing, or receiving paper that is one sided, you can reuse the other side so that there is not as much waste.
- Think before you buy. You can save money by purchasing your paper in bulk. Purchasing bulk paper and bulk ink ahead of time will also limit last minute purchases where you will settle for any price. Recycled paper, which can be purchased in the same price range as non-recycled paper, is also a great solution for our environment.
These tips will not only save you money, but also reduce the deforestation and piling up of landfills.
There is so much talk these days about the restrictive economy. I, like many others, am always looking for ways to save money without missing out on the things I enjoy.
One of the things I most enjoy is my child. I am constantly taking photos of my child, friends and extended family! I also enjoy all those professional photos taken at school, sports and theme parks. Now, instead of purchasing high priced packages throughout the year, I can print an unlimited number of photos for a drastically lower price using my Epson Stylus Photo
printer. My replacement ink cartridge is only $6.95 at clickinks.com
, less than the purchase price of one printed photo!
In this economy I try not to pay retail whenever possible. Not only do I save money by purchasing "compatible" ink cartridges for my printer, I also am constantly on the look out for coupons. Whether I am going to a restaurant, purchasing from my favorite on-line T-shirt store or buying groceries I am always looking for coupons on-line first! I can print coupons for the local movie theater, restaurant, boutique or my groceries before heading out, and save significantly in this hard pressed economy! So, save on ink & then you can afford to print those coupons and continue on the money saving path!