Save on printer ink

September 20, 2011

Make “draft” quality your default

Ounce for ounce, few things are more expensive than ink for the inkjet printers many of us own and use.  I recall reading a few years ago that manufacturers make more money through ink sales than printer sales!

There’s an easy way to make your printer’s ink cartridges last longer: simply change your printer’s default setting to the DRAFT (or fastest printing) mode.  That setting uses the least ink but still yields a print quality adequate for most everyday uses.  Also, choose greyscale printing over color printing when possible.

In both cases, you’ll save money, save ink and produce fewer empty printer cartridges (yes, they can be recycled, but less is always best).


One Response to “Save on printer ink”

  1. Jeremy Rickards said

    HI Carl – one further improvement on your inkjet printer suggestions. Change the print type to “Century Gothic” ( which is what I am using here). This font has been shown to use the least amount of ink of all fonts, while still producing clear print.
    I forget the actual amount but if my memory serves me right, it is in the 30% to 40% range. Of course it also saves on the cost of replacement cartridges, since they last longer. Who says environmental ideas don’t pay !!

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