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Switch Fonts, Save Money
If you are like most people, you are always looking for ways to shave a little off your expenses. One of the simplest things you can do is change the font you use in documents that you print. Some fonts use more ink than others, so choosing the right font can save up to as much as 31 percent on printer ink.
Printer.com, a Web site that helps consumers compare printers, tested the ink consumption of different fonts using a Canon Pixma MP 210 printer. The study chose Arial, which is the most popular print font, as default against which other fonts were measured.
And the winner? Century Gothic, which served up the 31 percent savings. A home user who prints about 25 pages a week would spend about $66.73 a year using Arial, but only about $46.32 a year using Century Gothic, for a savings of more than $20 per year.
Do you like the savings but think that Century Gothic is not quite traditional enough for your printed material? You can switch to Times New Roman, which is considered one of the most traditional of fonts. Using Times New Roman, you would spend about $47.53 a year on ink, according to the study by Printer.com. That’s still more than $19 less than printing in Arial.
From least to most ink use, the fonts tested by Printer.com are Century Gothic, Ecofont, Times New Roman, Calibri, Verdana, Arial, Sans Serif, Trebuchet, Tahoma and Franklin Gothic Medium.
Business users save even more by switching fonts. A business that prints 250 pages a week would spend about $258 a year using Arial, but only about $179 a year using Century Gothic, for a savings of about $80 per year.
Of course, if you print more than the average of 25 pages a week for personal users and 250 pages a week for business users, you will save even more. However, your savings might be offset somewhat by additional paper costs, because Century Gothic is a wider font than Arial. As a result, some documents might run an extra page when printed in Century Gothic.