When we buy a printer we dont really think about the cost of printer cartridges which need to be replaced. This cost may be incurred on a regular basis particularly if you do a lot of printing but could also affect you if you do a small amount of printing. Every time you print, each print command however small makes your printer use ink but with some easy tips you can actually save a lot of ink and use a cartridge for a longer period than usual.
Try Compatible Ink Cartridges
Compatible cartridges are manufactured to extremely high standards and perform as close as they can do to the standard of manufacturer originals. Also the amount of ink in a compatible printer cartridge is usually greater than the original so you can save money in two ways as the initial purchase price be lower and compatibles will print more pages on a like for like basis and therefore last longer.
If you dont do printing regularly, run a small printing test at least once a week to avoid the printer cartridges from drying up. This little precaution will help to increase the life of the ink cartridge. Keep your printer in a room with a normal, stable temperature. Too much variation in room temperature is bad for printer cartridges. You must also avoid keeping your printer in too hot or too cold temperature as the cartridges can dry up. For lasting printer performance, make sure the room has a normal and stable temperature.
Print only what you need
A lot of us print things out without really thinking whether we need to and waste ink. You might only need to print a small portion of a page instead of the whole page. If you are printing from the web think about whether you need all the graphics printed as this can use a lot of ink from your printer cartridges when you really only need to print a portion of text. Simply highlight the text you need from the web page and copy and paste it into a word document and then print that out.
Also try to do a bit of planning and double check what you are printing before hitting the print button.
Use the quick print preview
Most branded printers such as HP, Canon, Dell, Epson or any other printer comes with a printer driver which has a very useful print preview function. With this function you can have a prior preview of the copy you want to take a print of. This function is really useful when you are printing out straight from the Internet. At times, what you see on a site is totally different to the printed version so a preview can help to get the printout of the material that you specifically want.
Use the draft quality setting
Information is often printed out which is only for our own use and therefore the quality of that printout is not that critical. When you use the print function simply select properties and you will see an option to select the quality of print. Using either draft or fast means that your printer will not use as much ink as it does on a standard or high quality setting.