Print only what you needIt goes without saying that you should reduce the amount of printing you do and print only what you really need. Consider whether you can make do with backing up a file somewhere (CD, removable hard drive, or online) or whether you really need the printout of a document.
Check your printer settingsDepending on the brand of your printer, the default settings may differ. Ensure that you have your printer set to “Economy” or “Draft” printing mode unless you really need a high quality printout for some reason. (You can change the default setting whenever you want)
Prevent reprintingBefore printing out your document, proof read it properly for typos, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, or clumsy syntax. This will prevent you from having to reprint the document when you notice mistakes on the printed page.
Check your fontDo you need the font to be that big? 12-point fonts are usually quite adequate for readability. Also, do you need to use fonts that are that thick and bold? Large, thick and bold fonts will naturally use up more ink so avoid using them.
Do your printer maintenance checksPrevent clogs by keeping your printer in regular use. Keeping the printing heads clean and performing regular maintenance checks, as recommended, will also increase the life of your ink cartridge and give you more printouts.
Out of ink? Maybe notWhen your color cartridge is exhausted, you may still be able to get monochrome prints. Printers will often tell you that they are out of ink. However, this may not necessarily be the case and you may be able to squeeze out a few more printouts from your ink cartridge. Beware though, don’t keep printing until the ink cartridge is completely dry – this could end up harming your printer.
Use these simple, yet effective, tips to get your money’s worth and conserve every bit of that expensive liquid. In the long run, this will help you save more than $100 dollars each year on ink and toner cartridges.