A recent government report said that the USA’s recession ended in 2009, but for most of us that doesn’t mean much. We still have to try to save money every way we can, and a good place to reclaim some of that money spent is by saving money on printer ink. Printer ink is extremely expensive, but you’ve got to have it to get things done. Here we’re going to talk about the three biggest things you can do to save money on your printer ink. Following these three easy tips can possibly cut your ink bill in half.
The first thing you absolutely must know is that if you have a black and white document (like a school paper with no pictures or diagrams), then printing in black and white saves money compared to printing in color. Unfortunately, most printers have a default setting to print everything in color. The problem with this is that your printer can try to use a combination of red, yellow and blue to make black instead of just using the black ink. Since your black ink cartridge is usually much larger than your individual color cartridges, and black and white cartridges cost the same (or less) than their color counter-parts, you end up accidentally wasting ink. Less wasted ink means more money saved on your printer bill.
Besides printing in black and white, another common setting change is to set your printer to print in draft mode. In general, most printers have three main printing modes: high quality, normal quality, and draft quality. These three quality settings are directly linked to how much ink is used in the printing process, with high quality printing using much more ink than draft quality printing. The problem is that most printers default to high quality or normal quality, when neither of those modes are really necessary for the majority of the printing you do. Anything you’re going to use for your own records like printed e-mails or driving directions can be printed in draft quality, saving you money. It’s still recommended, however, that you use normal quality or high quality for anything where the quality of your presentation is important, like work or school documents.
Finally, some simple cleaning habits that you might not know about can help to extend the life of your ink cartridges, as well as the life of your printer. About once a month, open up your printer and use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away dust from the case and any moving parts. Dust building can cover the ink nozzles of your printer, causing low quality prints, and imperfections like smearing. When you print out a document that has smears on it, your first reaction is to just print it out again, which wastes ink. Sometimes you might have to print out the same document three or four times just to get it to print right. You can avoid this wasteful habit by simply doing some routine dusting on the inside of your printer.