Stop Wasting Valuable Printer Ink With These Smart Tips

There's no denying the increase in efficiency and sustainability the paper industry has seen in recent years. In fact, the U.S. paper recovery rate reached an all-time high of 67.2% in 2016, the third consecutive annual increase. However, the same can't be said about wide format printer ink -- experts say this is one of the highest expenses for printing offices, and customers are also prone to scam purchases when they buy ink. Fortunately, there are a number of quick tips you can take advantage of that will help to save your office on valuable printing expenses. Here are just a few tips that can help you think about your ink and save on printing costs.

Use Smaller Font

This may not be an option with all documents and printouts, but attempting it whenever possible can eventually make a noticeable difference and save your business on valuable ink and printing expenses. Using a smaller font and smaller graphics/images can preserve the quality and the integrity of what's being printed while keeping more ink in the printer. Similarly, there is a large list of fonts that are designed to save ink, like EcoFont, so think about using one of those options when possible as well -- you'll definitely notice a difference.

Push Your Printer

Many printers tend to exaggerate when it comes to alerting the user when it's running low on ink. If you see the 'low ink' warning, don't take it at face value -- push your printer a bit further.

"You may have more ink left in your cartridge than your printer realizes. It may tell you that your ink and toner are empty. In reality, you could have as much as 30% more life left. Keep printing until you see the ink start to run out on the page," writes Kim Komando on Fox News.

Buy the Right Ink (And Paper)

Finally, make sure to invest in high-quality ink and paper rolls. Engineering bond paper comes in different sizes and types, and using the most efficient options for your printer, e.g., 36 inch paper rolls and other plotter paper, can truly optimize the printing process.

The global market for wide format printers is projected to reach $7.2 billion by the year 2022. Understanding how to save on printer ink is always a financially wise investment. For more information about 36 inch paper rolls, vinyl paper rolls, and other types of engineering bond paper in bulk, contact Get Paper.