Printing can get expensive if you use your printer all the time, not just the cost of the ink cartridges, but also the paper too.
UK Ink Supplies have a few practical tips and some advice that you can use to help reduce your printing costs by cutting down on wasteful printing.
Print on both sides of a sheet of paper
If your printer has a feature called duplex printing, it means you can print on both sides of a sheet of paper during a print job. Of course if your print job is just one page or less then you won't be able to use this feature.
Even if your printer doesn't come with the double sided printing function, then there is no excuse! If you're just printing for your own reference then make a tray for keeping one sided documents in (after you're done with them of course) and each time you need to print something that's just rough or for your own reference, take a sheet from your new A4 scrap paper tray and feed it into your printer.
Most printers are fitted with a single sheet feeder which is commonly used for feeding special paper and envelopes through the printer and you could use the single sheet feeder for putting through a single sheet of scrap paper, or you could load the main paper feeder. On smaller domestic inkjet printers there may be only one document feeder that serves all of these purposes.
Reduce your font size when printing text
Big text is great, it's easy to read and makes your documents look great. But do you really need to print your draft documents in a large font? Dropping your font size by a few points will cut your ink costs considerably if used consistently. You can easily increase the font size for your final output.
If you find smaller text difficult to read and you need to print in a larger size for proof-reading your drafts, then consider proof-reading on the computer screen. Most modern wordprocessing software provides a zoom function to make it easy to scale your document up to make it easier to read on the screen.
Change your font
Fonts (sometimes known as typefaces) provide a great way to style documents, but fonts are not all equal. Fonts like Arial or Helvetica will use less ink than a serif font like Times Roman (serifs are the embelishments on the corners of the letters).
You can easily change the font when you print the final document.
Don't be bold
In a similar vein to the preceding two tips, this one's simple: do not use bold text, or underlines for that matter until you're printing the final draft. Remember, the thicker and bigger the text, the more ink you are using! Simple!
If the idea of saving all of your document formatting until the document is finished sounds too daunting, when you're ready to print just create a copy of your document and in that copy, change the font, the size, remove the formatting and the whole document is suddenly lighter and fewer pages in length. Happy printing!
Use print preview
The Print Preview mode allows you to preview your document before printing. Make it a habit to always check the Print Preview, look for unnecessary paragraph spacing (why use three blank lines when one will do), look for blank pages at the end of the document. All these little tweaks can add up, and could save you a sheet of paper - or more!
Print in draft mode
You'll need to refer to your printer manual or the software that came with your printer for this one, but many printers provide a 'draft mode' function for printing. When printing in draft mode, the printer uses less ink and so you won't get crisp black text, but if the printout is just a rough draft then this could be a real money saver.
Narrow your margins
Margins are the white spaces at the top, bottom, left and right of your document. It is logical that the bigger your margins are, the less space there is for text and so more pages will be needed. Check the Page Setup settings in your word processor software.
You will need to play around with the margins to see what works with your printer - very few printers support borderless printing for documents, so you will need to have a minimum margin (often around 15mm or 1.5cm for left and right margins).
Think before printing
We've all seen that little green message at the bottom of emails - 'Think before printing - please consider the environment before printing this email'.
How often do you print and then realise the document wasn't required, or find that you've printed more than you wanted? Taking just a few seconds to consider what you're printing, why you're printing and checking that you aren't printing anything you don't need could have the biggest impact on your printing costs in a year - particularly if you regularly print order confirmations and receipts only to find you've also printed five pages of terms and conditions.
About Jet Tec
Jet Tec are one of the world's leading manufacturers of alternative inkjet supplies, producing compatible and recycled printer cartridge products. Jet Tec laser toners and ink cartridges are made in the UK by DCI Ltd and are compatible with the latest and most popular types of printers. Jet Tec has been established for over 25 years at its UK manufacturing base and is renowned for the quality, reliability and patented technology of their products. The quality of Jet Tec products is second to none. Jet Tec is an ISO 9001 registered company. ISO 9001 procedures are applied throughout the entire manufacturing facility. Jet Tec's self-reliance in the total manufacturing process ensures the tightest control over quality.
UK Ink Supplies
UK Ink Supplies is a mail order business based in the historic city of Lincoln, UK. They specialise in computer consumables ie. ink cartridges and laser toner printer cartridges plus printer paper. As their name suggests UK Ink Supplies specialises in the supply of recycled, compatible and original inkjet consumables for your printer.
They supply to private home customers, businesses, schools, local government and other organisations all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
They stock a wide range of original, compatible and remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges. In addition they stock a range of Agfa inkjet papers. UK Ink Supplies supply many branded products including Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Oki and Xerox as well as Jet Tec compatible ink cartridges and laser toners (Jet Tec Official Retailer) and GreenTech and Xinia laser printer toners.