The Printernet guide to eco-friendly printing

We know that when it comes to professional or home-based printing, our customers are always looking to reduce costs and carbon footprint. Below, you’ll find a series of tips to help you do both…

There are so many variables to consider when upgrading or buying a new printer. Performance is key, of course, but being able to manage the ongoing costs is paramount. Not only that, but with all of us looking to do our bit for the environment, it is worth considering the impact – if any – our printing and usage of our printers has on our surrounding environment.

We’re experienced in finding the most economic ways to establish eco-friendly printing. And as budgets become increasingly strained and awareness of our impact on the planet grows, now is the perfect time to explore new ways of saving you money and cutting our carbon footprint while we’re at it.

We call this eco-friendly printing and it can be applied both at home and in the office, and regardless of your printing usage and output.

To begin with, consider whether you have the most efficient machine. For example, if you’re looking to buy a new printer, consider an all-in-one. Rather than having three or four electronic devices plugged in at the same time and using electricity, you could have one. Less wires, less machines, less electricity and energy equals greater efficiency.

For those who are familiar with our website, you’ll see we have almost 100 all-in-one printers to choose from. You can compare all of them quickly and easily thanks to our comparison functionality. Among them is the Brother DCPJ552DW, a great example of the kind of device available to you. For £70, this compact printer has print, scan and photocopy functionality. It also features double-sided printing, which means less paper, and inkjet cartridges, which use less energy than when compared to laser printers.


Talking of double-sided printing, the Oki C531DN is a great example. It costs a bit more, at £220, but for the extra money you get a faster print speed (it prints more pages per minute) and greater resolution (print quality).


Another tip is to consider your colour and resolution settings. For example, before printing a document ask yourself, do you need to print it in colour? Black ink is cheaper, while printing in mono mode uses less energy. Similarly, printing in a lower resolution also requires less energy, so consider analysing your own day-to-day usage. We stock Samsung’s M3370FD, an all-in-one designed specifically to print in mono. Again, it has the facility to print on both sides (plus the option to skip blank pages and a toner-saver mode) and can print, scan, copy and fax. It also features the Easy Eco Driver, which enables users to set options to remove unnecessary text or images, and also change the layout without changing the original documents prior to print.


Of course, you can also reduce your carbon footprint further by working smarter when it comes to your personal habits. For example, do you recycle your ink and toner cartridges? Do you turn your computer off, rather than leave it on standby, when you’re not using it? Do you leave it on overnight?

Simple changes, but big benefits.

So, when it comes to assessing your printer usage, there are a variety of ways to reduce your spending and your impact on the environment. By choosing a more economical printer, and combining this with a more economic-conscious way of using it, you’ll be feeling the benefits in your pocket and in your surroundings in no time.

There’s a reason why green means ‘go; – do it now!



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