Saving Money on Printing Costs

 Saving Money on your Printing Costs


1: Separate cartridge slots


Own a printer that employs tri-colour cartridges? Well stop! Purchase one with individual cartridge slots for each colour, and reap the rewards of minimizing your waste. No more replacing your red and yellow after all those photo prints of the luscious blue sky. With ink and toner now containing chemicals to stave off any drying out effect, you can let those colours sit for a long time with no risk.


2: Draft print mode


Using up to 50% less ink than normal print modes, you can save a huge amount of money at a small sacrifice to quality. Avoid using this for any official documents or image printing you are doing, but for run-of-the-mill printing it is a great little money saver.



3: Grayscale printing


Needless colour in your kid’s homework graphs or bright family letterheads? If you can live without the colour, select grayscale in your printing options. This will predominantly use your black cartridge, saving the more expensive colour cartridges for your important pages. Note some printers will still use a small amount of colour to create the grey shading, but it is significantly less than what would be used otherwise.


4: Duplexing


Gone are the days of manually feeding pages back into the printer to get text on both sides, duplexers now do it for you and better yet – are available in a huge range of printers, even some budget ones! Saving time and effort, it is well worth selecting this option in printer settings and halving your paper costs.


5: The Paper You Use


With advancements in printer technology giving more reliable performance and better components, printers are now happy being fed lighter paper. When printing any documents not requiring a professional finish why not throw in some 75 or 80gsm paper, available in typical office retailing stores, giving good prints whilst saving you money.


6: Printing with Low Ink levels


Colour cartridges are more expensive, that is a given. What many users do not realize is when your black ink level runs low, some printers will begin to mix all three colours to make black to finish the print job. If your printer guide highlights this function, you must keep a close eye on your black ink levels, otherwise you will print away your colour (and thus gold!) at a sickening rate.


7: Limit how many times you print


Now, I do not mean stop printing. This is just to highlight, why send a print request of 5 copies of something at 10am, and then come back to print 6 copies of something else at 10:15am. Laser printers must warm up and Inkjet printers lubricate their print heads each and every time they start a new print job. If you send prints together, it minimizes the amount they have to do this – saving ink, power and money!


8: Limit how many times you turn on/off


Certain inkjet printers perform print head cleaning every time they turn on – using a fair amount of ink. If this delightful ‘perk’ is listed in your user manual, ensure you either limit how often the printer is turned off, or only turn it on when you have a reasonable amount of printing to do.


9: Paper Settings in Printer Options


A well hidden trick-of-the-trade, the paper settings can sway your ink usage hugely. Different papers have varying absorption levels and ink dispersion rates, which are pre-programmed into the printers. Go through the printer options (print – properties – paper type), and confirm it matches the paper you are printing onto.


10: Recycle Paper


Only printed a couple of lines on a page? One side of the sheet completely clean? Put it back in your paper tray and watch your printing costs fall. Environmentally friendly, ideal for use in tandem with point 2 – draft printing!


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