We all know that printing can be wasteful and expensive, but did you know there are simple ways to make your printing practices more sustainable and cost-effective? These five tips will help you save money and reduce waste.
So you can save some green by going green.
Tip #1: Print in Grayscale Instead of Color
One of the easiest ways to reduce your printing costs is to simply print in grayscale instead of color. Color Ink cartridges can be up to 3 times more expensive than black ink cartridges, so making this switch can immediately help reduce your printing expenses.
Not to mention, most documents don’t need to be in color anyway. Unless it’s an image-heavy document or something that absolutely needs to be in color, try printing in grayscale first.
Tip #2: Preview Documents Before Printing
This tip is two-fold: first, make sure you actually need to print the document before hitting “print.” Do you really need a physical copy? Can you view it on your screen or send it electronically instead?
If you absolutely must print it out, take a quick look at the document on your screen before printing to make sure everything looks correct. Oftentimes we hit “print” without actually looking at what we’re about to print, which can lead to wasted paper if there are errors or if we didn’t need to print it out in the first place.
Catching mistakes before you print can help you avoid unnecessary waste.
Tip #3: Use Draft Mode or Other Resource-Saving Printer Settings
Laptop computers, desktops, and even some printers have built-in power-saving features like “draft mode” or “ink saver mode.” These modes use less ink than normal printing mode, which means they not only help save resources but also money since you’ll need to replace ink cartridges less often.
Many people don’t realize that these features exist, but they can be a great way to reduce your impact without sacrificing quality. If your device doesn’t have a power-saving mode, consider investing in a printer with this feature—it could end up paying for itself in the long run!
Tip #4: Change the Font Size and Weight to Use Less Ink and Paper
This tip is especially helpful if you’re printing text-heavy documents like essays or reports. Making small adjustments to the font size and weight can help reduce the amount of ink used per page, which means you’ll be able to print more pages before having to replace your ink cartridge.
For example, switching from 12-point font to 11-point font may not seem like much, but it can actually make a big difference when printed out over an entire document!
And reducing the font-weight from “regular” to “light” can also help conserve ink while still being easy to read.
Try out different combinations of font size and weight until you find one that uses less ink without sacrificing readability—your wallet (and the environment) will thank you later.
Tip #5: Limit the Number of Pages Printed Per Document
This tip goes hand-in-hand with previewing documents before printing—if possible, try to limit yourself to printing only the number of pages you actually need.
For example, let’s say you’re printing a 10-page report for work but realize that half of those pages are charts and graphs that don’t need to be printed in color. So instead of printing all 10 pages in color (using up valuable resources), why not just print those five pages in grayscale?
Not only will this save resources, but it will also save time since you won’t have to wait as long for your document to print. Win-win!
Bonus Tip: Set your printer’s default settings to “double-sided” so that you always automatically print on both sides of the paper! This is an easy way to reduce paper waste without having to think about it every time you print.
Most printers these days have this option as a default setting, but if yours doesn’t, it’s worth changing so that you can cut down on waste without any extra effort. Every little bit counts!
Wrapping It Up
These are just a few simple tips that can help you save money and reduce your environmental impact by printing more sustainably. Implementing even one or two of these tips can make a big difference—so what are you waiting for? Start saving today!