If there’s one thing that constantly seems to need refilling, it’s printer ink. It feels like every week you’re being bombarded with the little notification on your printer telling you you’re running low on ink. To save money on costly printer ink, you’ll want to do a few tricks to conserve your ink and get the most bang for your buck.
Here are 3 easy ways to make your printer’s ink last longer:
Update Your Printer Settings
There are a few ways you can set up your printer to make sure you’re conserving ink as much as possible. Most modern printers have something called “draft mode” that allows you to print pages using less ink or toner. You can also choose the option to “print in grayscale”, as this will prevent color printing unless it is absolutely necessary. Although most people might not be aware, colored ink is used to create black text or images, so printing in grayscale will prevent colored ink from being wasted.
Choose The Right Font
The font that you choose can either eat up your printer’s ink or stretch it out much longer. Bold text uses a lot more ink than normal text, so you’ll want to favor italics instead of the bold setting in order to emphasize words. Large fonts also take up much more room than slimmer ones like Arial, needlessly using up more ink. If you switch to a slimmer font over a thicker one, you’ll reduce the amount of ink required to write the same number of words.
If you want to go even further, you can download Ecofont. This font style was specifically designed to use up to 50% less ink than other fonts. Ecofont will convert all the letters and characters in your document just before you print them, filling them with microscopic holes that are too small to be noticed by the human eye. That way your document won’t look any different, even though it’s using significantly less ink.
Invest In High Quality Printers And Ink
The quality of your printer and your ink will go a long way in conserving in. If you try and save money with a cheap printer, you may end up losing money in the long run in the amount of ink you waste. Invest in a high-quality printer that conserves ink and uses it efficiently.
You should also invest in high-quality ink cartridges, as the cheaper ones tend to run out more quickly. Buy replacement cartridges from a reputable third-party supplier that guarantees a higher yield of ink. As long as the cartridge is compatible with your printer, you’ll be glad you spent the money on something long-lasting and efficient rather than a cheap, wasteful alternative.
Printer ink may be expensive, but you can find ways to stretch it out and get more from your cartridge. Follow these 3 tips to save money on printer ink and lower your office costs.