How you print and the type of settings you use has a large impact on how often you will need to replace your cartridges. Learning these 5 printing tips will enable you to optimize your printing settings. When you consciously make an effort to save ink or toner, you aren’t just saving your wallet, you’re helping the environment too!
When you go to print a document type size is probably not something you think about. Even though you are just printing text, there is no reason why the text should be overly enlarged. Of course you want the type size to be readable – but keeping the size of your text smaller will decrease the amount of ink or toner you use.
When printing off the web you might want to just print the text on the page. By going into your printer settings, you are sometimes able to specify that you don’t want to print the images. If your printer doesn’t offer that option, it is still a great idea to select the part of the page you want to print and only print that part.
Monochrome or Color
You probably already know that color printing costs more, and when you choose to print unnecessarily in color, you are using more ink and spending more resources. It is usually best to save your color ink for only times that you absolutely need it. Under your print settings you can set it to Monochrome or the equivalent to grayscale. This way even if there is color on the document you are printing it will covert it so only your black cartridge puts ink on the page.
Reduced Page Size
When printing you should always try to use less space on each page of paper. You can almost always get a couple pages down to one. This will save you on paper and ink at the same time. Not to mention, if you can fit multiple pages of information on 1 page or less you are saving space storing or filing it as well.
Many printers allow you to select “duplex printing,” where you can print on both sides of the page. This is a great feature for saving paper. You might be using the same amount of ink as you would normally, but then you are wasting 50% less paper than you would have otherwise. Keep in mind that certain documents can’t be printed in this way. For example you wouldn’t want your resume printed double sided.
If you can manage just a few of these printing tips, you will guarantee yourself a better printing experience, save more money on ink or toner, and be less wasteful. We can help you print smarter and at the same time find printing solutions that reduce waste.