Top 10 Tips for Saving Printer Ink and Printer Ink Cartridges

Printer ink cartridges can be expensive especially if you are a regular printer. Here are a few ways you can save money and ink before clicking "print".

1. Use compatible/remanufactured cartridges
These days the quality and ink capacity of compatible/remanufactured cartridges is almost if not the same as an OEM/genuine equivalent. You will save money hands down and contribute to the environment by using a recycled cartridge too. Point to note - steer clear of refills as cartridges are designed to last the life of the working parts and these are not replaced in refills. See earlier blog article.

2. Select what you print
Obvious but we often don't bother to print just the information we need and instead get the whole page particularly if images are involved as they can take up a lot of valuable ink. If you are printing off a website just highlight the text you want and print (sometimes you will have to select 'selection' in the page range of your printer properties)

3. Use "Print Preview"
Simply make sure you check print preview in your printer properties so you aren't printing out more information than you need.

4. Don't let your cartridges dry up
If you don't use your ink often you run the risk of them drying up and getting clogged so even if you don't need to print regularly make sure you print something however small. This is true of HP inkjets to Brother laser printers.

5. Don't just turn off printer

Do the same as you would with your computer and shut your printer down properly so print heads are back in position as if they are not the ink can dry up a lot quicker.

6. Use more black ink
Set your printer to print in monochrome and save on your colour ink if it is a draft copy or colour just isn't necessary particularly when printing off the web.

7. Print in "draft"
Remember to check your printer properties before printing. Printing in draft mode saves a lot of ink.

8. Be organised
Try to get in the habit of proof reading what you are printing on screen before printing it out so you don't waste ink and paper on an unwanted printout.

9. Only print what is necessary
Most documents can be stored in your computers hard drive so don't print out unless you need to eg emails, word documents.

10. Back up photos/documents
Use external hard drives or CD's to back up any photos or documents so you don't need to keep paper storage and save on your ink.