A Simple Font Change Can Save You a Lot of Money

The secret to saving money on printer's ink (which, by the way, is more expensive than human blood per volume) turns out to be quite simple: 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. Schools and businesses could save thousands of dollars with font changes. [...]

When Printer.com 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.

The amount of ink a font drains is mainly driven by the thickness of its lines. A font with "narrow" or "light" in its name is usually better than its "bold" or "black" counterpart, said Thom Brown, an ink researcher at Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's top maker of printers.

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I, for one, am sticking to Comic Sans regardless of the cost!


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Times New Roman is the default font in MS Word. So unless you play with fonts every document most people are already using the most ink-efficent font.
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