Archive for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Change font, save money

April 7, 2010


— Here’s a way you might save $20 this year: Change the font in the documents you print.

Because different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be buying new printer cartridges less often if you wrote in, say, Century Gothic rather than Arial.

Data on the subject from, a Dutch company that evaluates printer attributes, persuaded the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to make a switch — to use Century Gothic for all printed documents.

The school of 6,500 students spends about $100,000 per year on ink and toner cartridges. The university expects to save $5,000 to $10,000 per year with the font switch.

When tested popular fonts for their ink-friendly ways, Century Gothic and Times New Roman topped the list. Calibri, Verdana, Arial and Sans Serif were next, followed by Trebuchet, Tahoma and Franklin Gothic Medium. Century Gothic uses about 30 percent less ink than Arial.


Pywacket 8 years, 2 months ago

Rats--Arial is one of my faves, along with Garamond and Papyrus. Not fond of Century Gothic at all, but Times New Roman is quite inoffensive and my go-to font for work docs. Fortunately, I don't need to print much, so I'll continue to do most of my writing with Garamond or Arial on the screen. Good to know that if I do decide to print something, I should change it to a low-ink-use font first.

Kat Christian 8 years, 2 months ago

Good grief man, use a lesser font size and you can still use Arial. That's what he means font size. Be more specific LJW when you print your articles.

Boston_Charley 8 years, 2 months ago

So, I typed the same long sentence in Arial and in Century Gothic, and the former took up significantly less running inch-age. So how does the cost of paper compare, if you print a lot of solid-text documents (not a lot of graphics or white space)?

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