5 tips for saving printer ink
Printers are becoming less expensive day by day with advancements in technology. However, it is the cost of ink cartridges that is digging a hole in your pocket. In fact, the cost of ink cartridges can be more than the printer itself. When it comes to saving printer ink, the key is to reduce the total amount of ink you use. If you do a lot of printing on your color inkjet printer, here are five useful tips on how to save ink and therefore, save money:
- Keep printer ink nozzles clean: Printer ink nozzles use a spray function to get the ink onto the paper. Therefore, the printer nozzles can find build-up occurring. If the ink collects on the dispensing head excessively more ink will likely build-up on the head then the paper. Clean the nozzle heads every few weeks or more often if you use your color printer more frequently.
- Do you need this? When it comes to printing, most of us just click the print icon and it’s done. Therefore, before printing anything just ask yourself once whether it is actually needed. Don’t print a complete book, if you’re interested in a few paragraphs only. Similarly, don’t print images, if only text is required. In this way, you can save paper as well as ink.
- Print in different colors and reduce size: If you are in the habit of printing only in any particular color, then you should start printing in different colors. In this way you will balance your overall cartridge use. Secondly, you can even reduce the font size of the text on the documents that you are printing.
- Configure your printer’s settings: Configuring the settings of your color inkjet printer can save you the most when done right. Instead of manually choosing “low quality” settings for each print job, it is recommended to make “low quality” the default. Select “high quality” settings manually only when required. If you wish to permanently change the default settings of your printer, go to Windows >Start >Printers, right-click on your printer and select >printer settings.
- Keep your printer in ready mode: Generally color inkjet printers require a steady stream of electricity. If an inkjet printer is disconnected completely from electricity, then switching on the electricity again will make the printer to go through a cleaning cycle once again. If this procedure is repeated on a daily basis, it not only costs energy, but also a lot of ink.