Printer ink can be pretty expensive but there are easy ways to save on printing costs without sacrificing print quality. Here are some of the steps you can take to make your printer ink last longer and to lessen your printing expenses.
- Find a printer with a low cost per page.
More often than not, cheaper printers consume more ink or need pricier ink and toner cartridge replacements. High-end printers, on the other hand, typically require cheaper supplies, helping you save money in the long run. Before you settle on a particular printer, do your research first to make sure that what you save on your initial purchase will not trap you into accepting higher maintenance costs.
- Use Ecofont, the font that saves ink.
Ecofont is an award-winning, eco-friendly font that makes use of holes to reduce the amount of ink or toner used in printing. At first, it was available only as a stand-alone font; eventually, a software was developed so that other fonts can also be set with the ink-saving holes found in Ecofont.
- Check your document for mistakes before you print.
Proofing your document before printing is a simple habit that will definitely reduce your stress as well as your paper and ink consumption. Another good tip is to consider the difference in the appearance of the document on screen and on paper. This will help you evaluate if you really need to retain certain aspects of the document, such as margins and other white spaces, when you print it out.
- Save money with remanufactured ink cartridges.
Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are cheaper alternatives to original printer supplies. Online ink shops now offer remanufactured cartridges that are completely compatible with various printer brands and models. Ideally, your third-party ink supplier should also have great online reviews, satisfaction guarantee, and convenient shipping options.
- Treat your ink and toner with extra care.
Avoid stocking ink cartridges past their ‘use by’ date to prevent nozzle clogging. It is also a good idea to clean the nozzles on a regular basis. Laser ink toner can settle over a period of time and cause streaking and faded areas on your printed page. Simply remove the toner cartridge from the printer and shake it a few times to get better prints.
Follow these tips, save money and ink, and do your bit to lessen pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the process.