Anyone that owns a printer will know just how costly it can be to keep it stocked with ink. Every time you click on that ‘print’ button, more money is spent and the more you print the more it costs to keep the printer running. There are, though, certain tricks that can be used to help reduce printing costs and save money. Here we will look at some of how ink can be saved. Print in black and white or draft For general text documents such as school homework or web pages, the quality may not be of great importance. Therefore, it can be good practice to save ink by printing in black and white or draft mode.

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It can be good practice to save ink by printing in black and white or draft mode.

Colour printing is much more ink intensive than black and white and draft modes, so it’s best to avoid it where possible. Use a different font Word processing font is not something we generally consider when printing, however, the style of text used has a real impact on the amount of ink used. The most cost-friendly font to use is the Microsoft default Times New Roman 12pt, or Calibri 12pt. The most expensive is Verdana 12pt. The bolder and larger the font, the more ink it will demand. Unless a document demands a fancier font, stick to the basic options. Always select the ‘Print Friendly’ option When printing from websites, we tend to just use the standard print button or the right-click and print method. Some websites, however, are conscious of how much ink is required to print off a webpage and provide a ‘Print Friendly’ option that will remove unnecessary blocks of colour from the print.

Not all websites have this option, but it is worth looking out for. You should also take advantage of the ‘Print Friendly’ extension that is available for all significant web-browsers and designed to let users customize their prints to save ink and money. Invest in a Continuous Ink Supply System Ink cartridges are the most expensive part of running a printer. Not only do the cartridges themselves cost money to replace, but they are also often disposed of with ink remaining. To help you get the most out of your ink and eliminate the costly process of replacing cartridges, you should look to invest in a continuous ink supply system (CISS).

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Colour printing is much more ink intensive than black and white and draft modes, so it’s best to avoid it where possible.

CISS units connect to virtually all printers via a specially fitted cartridge that is connected to a capillary system consisting of four tanks that supply a constant flow of ink to the printer. When tanks run empty, refill bottles of ink can be purchased in bulk to top up the tanks. Using one of these systems means that ink lasts much longer and there will no longer be a need to purchase small and expensive cartridges. Printing equals money, so by taking these steps to save ink, you will keep those precious dollars where they belong – in your pocket!