Sunday, June 20, 2010

So you want to be environment-friendly?

Specimen of the typeface Century Gothic.Image via Wikipedia

Here's something particularly interesting courtesy

A study mentions that you can save money just by using the correct font on your computer. The researchers here claim that you can save 31% on ink cartridge costs if you use the "right" font over the standard font. The details:

Arial, reigning as the most popular font, was used as the “zero” measurement, against which nine other fonts were tested. The clear winner was Century Gothic, which returned 31% savings in both printers. For the average private user, printing approximately 25 pages per week, this will easily generate a net reduction of $20 in a year. A business-user, printing approximately 250 pages per week, could save $80. If your organization uses multiple printers, you can save hundreds of dollars per year doing nothing more than picking a more economical font.

Century Gothic is a modern font that comes standard with MS Windows. Surprisingly, it even beat Ecofont which was specifically designed with efficiency and cost in mind. For those who require a more “traditional” look, Times New Roman provides a good balance between style and savings.

The fonts in order, starting with most economical, are:

  • Century Gothic
  • Ecofont
  • Times Roman
  • Calibri
  • Verdana
  • Arial
  • Sans Serif
  • Trebuchet
  • Tahoma
  • Franklin Gothic Medium
So there's something new to try at work.

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daniel said...

There is also software that can save you 35%-70% of your printer ink by eliminating unnecessary pixels and allowing the user to manage the desired ink saving level. You can remove graphics or photos from printing, to make printing web pages less cumbersome and less wasteful.
You can download a trial for free at
The PretonSaver Home edition saves you hundreds of dollars in just one year, with virtually no loss of print quality.

Neha said...

Anything to save the planet earth!

kankar said...

how about shipping some of the extra printed pages to India or Ethiopia where they can be used as writing material on the reverse side.. unless you're hiding a pile of money and want them shredded pronto ...

and while i'm at it, how about fining wankers that press the print button w/o thinking...

eco tech said...

Nice blog.
We must reflect