How to Select the Best Energy Efficient Printer


December 4, 2017

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Printing will always be a part of the workplace. In this digital world, a document that you can hold and feel is trustworthy, familiar, and reassuring.

For businesses, printing is necessary and part of the overhead cost. Switching to an energy efficient printer is an excellent way to save money. You won’t have to pay as much on paper, ink, and electricity. And you will also perform a great service to our mother Earth.

If you are looking to buy a printer, there are lots of energy-efficient options on the market today. To help you choose the right one for your office, here are some of the things to look for.

Energy Star or EPEAT Qualifications

The Energy Star label on the printer is a badge of honor for energy efficiency. American businesses and families have saved 430 billion dollars on their energy bills since Energy Star was established in 1992. If your printer has energy star qualifications, it has passed rigorous testing for quality, efficiency, and environmental safety.

Similarly, EPEAT is a trusted source of environmental product ratings. They look at the full lifecycle of the product, from design and manufacturing to energy use and recycling.

Has a Sleep Mode or Automatic Shut Off

This feature is guaranteed to lower your electricity bills. Sleep mode or automatic shut off put your printer in a reduced power state if idle for a specified period of time.

If your printer has this function, you also might want to know if it has the ‘instant on’ capability. If your printer takes a long time to wake up, then you are wasting time (and also money).

Can Print Double-Sided

The benefits of duplex printing include saving money on paper costs and storage space. If trees could talk they will thank you.

You’ll want a printer that can do this automatically. You can do this manually but most people are not motivated enough to do this.

Has Various Quality Settings

Print on draft mode or on a lower quality setting as much as possible. This will help you save ink and electricity since the printer has less workload.

Black and White Specific If You Don’t Need Color

Most documents in the office don’t require to be printed in color. Pages with color are more expensive to print than black and white. They also require more time and energy to print.

Has Separate Ink Cartridges If You Need Color

Color printers use color inks at different rates. Printers with one cartridge for all colors tend to waste more ink. With separate ink cartridges, you only have to replace the color that is running low.

Uses High-Yield Ink or Toner

A high-yield cartridge contains more ink and can print more pages. This is usually more expensive than standard yield but can be cheaper in the long run if you print a lot.

Some printers also use solid ink technology. Empty ink and toner cartridges contribute to waste. Solid ink doesn’t need cartridges.

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