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Tips For Decreasing Printer Ink Usage At Home

2011-01-18

Printer ink is now commonly referred to as liquid gold. This is so because throughout the life of your inkjet printer at home, you will probably spend more money buying ink cartridges than what you initially shelled out to purchase the printer. It is like precious gasoline that fuels the printer, making it a necessary luxury. By knowing how to reduce home ink usage, you will definitely save yourself and your household budget lots of cash over the course of time.

The first thing you can do to save on printer ink is to change your printer settings. Adjusting the settings before you print, e.g., a recipe you would like to try or a school paper will save a lot of printer ink in the long run. Print your documents using the Grayscale or Black and White settings instead of Color.

As often as you can, utilize the Economy Mode of the printer. If you are working on personal files or school papers, use the Economy Mode since these types of presentations need not be framed. The output may appear lighter, but the text is still clear and readable. Economy Mode is also referred to as Toner Saver or Draft Mode. These are found in the preference settings in the Print Dialog Box. For better ink conservation, make this your default printer setting.

To further reduce home ink usage, use ink-friendly fonts. Choose basic fonts instead of the more decorative or bolder ones. Arial Narrow and Courier New are great font choices.

Always double-check your documents before printing. More importantly, ask yourself if you really need to print them. If you simply want to remember a store location or a list of ingredients, try noting them down on paper instead of printing them. You may even conveniently bookmark a website for easy reference. Just because you can print something does not mean you should.

Proofread all your documents before printing. You will simply be wasting ink if you repeatedly have to correct errors or typos that you only catch on paper.

Print only what you need. If you only need a few paragraphs, do not print the entire page. If all you need is the text, do not include the graphics. Always edit before printing to optimize your layout. Remove extraneous content such as menus, ads, banners and comments.

To save printer ink and energy, only turn on the printer when you are going to use it. To prevent the printer ink from drying out, turn it off manually instead of using the power strip. Doing it manually will activate the program which allows the printer to properly halt the ink cartridges. This protects the cartridge from quickly drying out.

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