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Power-saving tips for your printer

Power-saving tips for your printer

Your desktop printer is known to consume a lot of energy as part of its high operational costs. Here are a few ways by which you can reduce its power consumption.

Printer ink accounts for a huge chunk of what you pay while running the device at home. But besides saving on the cost of ink, the printer’s actual power consumption can add up quite a bit over a period of time. Going by a report published by the International Energy Agency, printers and copiers can account for as much as 7% of your total energy consumption. And they drain electricity even when they are sitting idle. Here are a few ways in which you can reduce your printer’s contribution to the electricity bills.

Use the standby mode
Contrary to what you would think, just switching the printer off and then on when you need it consumes more energy compared to leaving it on in standby mode. To maximize this feature, most printers come with a low-power mode to reduce power consumption when not in use. When the printer goes into this idle mode, the low-power timeout helps reduce energy consumption. If you were to turn the printer off and then switch it on when you need it, besides the added electricity usage to start-up, the device also uses a considerable amount of ink getting ready. Opting not to switch it off and letting it go into standby mode will help reduce power as well as ink usage.

‘Instant on’ printers
Printers which come with ‘instant on’ technology have a quicker boot time and consume less power to set up. These printers usually come with an instant start-up built-in and help save power consumption. To know if your printer supports this feature, refer to its manual.

Duplex printing
This method not only saves power but also saves paper as you are printing on both sides of the page. Besides cutting paper bills, duplex printing helps the printer cut down on energy use by loading fewer pages on its printing tray. Most printers come with a duplex printing option which needs to be enabled. Refer to your printer’s manufacturer manual for more details on how to switch this mode on while printing.

Draft printing
If presentation is not crucial when you are printing pages, use the draft mode to print. The draft printing mode uses less ink and also reduces the amount of power your printer consumes. If you need printed pages for casual reading, using this mode is a good option as it also reduces toner consumption, making it last longer.

Colour printing
Go for colour printouts only when you absolutely need them. Colour pages cost several times more than your black-and-white prints. Not only does this use a lot more ink than monochrome prints, the power consumption is also increased as different ink cartridges are used. Check your documents for any coloured text or images that you don’t mind being printed in black-and-white. Printer settings also have an option where you can disable colour printouts unless you opt for it.

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