Posted by Michelle Rochford
Energy consumption is a hidden cost of printing that many small businesses over look. Running multiple, high-cost copiers or desktop printers can be inefficient and expensive and can result in high energy usage and a bigger carbon footprint. It can also generate a significant amount of waste in the form of paper, toner and ink cartridges each year.
If you’re a business owner or office manager it is worthwhile assessing your current printing usage and learning how small changes can make a big difference to your carbon footprint and costs. Here are a few things to consider:
With multiple devices, an office is likely to buy many different types of consumables such as toner, often on an ‘as needed’ basis. This is an expensive way of doing business and can generate a lot of waste.
New generations of printers use less energy, print faster and have less expensive consumables so if you have printers, scanners or copiers that are more than three years old, it might be time to review.
1 Fuji Xerox Printers, Office Printing Habits Report, 2014