Simple Tips for Saving Printer Ink

Making printer ink last longer may not sound like a money-saver, but a few small changes can add up to fewer cartridges purchased. Any computer geek knows that means money saved, given the priciness of restocking some of the most-recognized printer brands.

Most of the changes take only a few minutes to perform and won’t mean big changes to the overall printing process or machine’s maintenance. A little forethought before hitting that “Print” button can go a long ways towards protecting consumer’s pocketbooks from yet another trip to the printer supply section.

Turn Off the Printer

Saving money is as simple as pushing a button: the “Off” button, that is. Turning the printer off between uses helps cool the housing instead of keeping the machine pointlessly ready for action for long periods of time. Without constant “On” power to the printer, consumers can prevent the cartridge ink form slowly drying up from operating heat. Not to mention, save a little extra energy in the bargain.

Change Printer Settings

Changing the settings before printing a document is simple, but can help save a lot of ink over time. Print online recipes and other non-art images using the “Grayscale” setting instead of “Color” instead of wasting color ink on non-essential print jobs. Print bold texts in articles or word blocks copied from Internet pages on a “light” ink setting by pasting the text first into the computer’s standard text-editing software.

Reset the printer’s default fonts to ink-friendly choices. Fonts like “Arial Narrow” and “Courier New” consume less ink than bold but decorative choices like “Elephant”, “Broadway”, or even reliable standards like “Times New Roman”.

Double-Check Documents

Before printing any document, double-check the format one last time to avoid wasting ink. Reset the font to an ink-friendly version whenever possible and make sure the font is not printed in bold or extra-large font sizes unless the formatting is essential to the document’s purpose.

Check the page count before printing, to avoid wasting extra ink on “widows”, “orphans”, or other text anomalies that occur when a single word or line is printed on another page. If the document features a header or footer, double-check the page count queued for printing to ensure it doesn’t include accidentally include a blank page featuring one or both of these features.

While the changes hardly seem revolutionary, consumers may find the extra effort worthwhile to save money. Quick, simple, and user-friendly, a few extra minutes devoted to changing a printer’s habits helps preserve time, energy, and money in the long run.