Save 30% on printer ink

Century Gothic, Save, money

I just read a news story where the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay has switched the default font of their whole email system from Arial to Century Gothic. The director of computing, Diane Blohowiak says that this simple change will reduce the amount of ink used by 30 percent just because of the way the font is designed.

With ink jet cartridge ink costing almost $10,000 per gallon the savings could really add up.

So change your font and you could save too!

Here's what the news article said:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - UW-Green Bay officials say they’ve found an easy way to save money while helping the environment. The school changed the print style on its e-mail system from the Arial font to Century Gothic. Information technology director Diane Blohowiak says it costs a lot less when e-mails are printed. That’s because Century Gothic uses 30 percent less ink than Arial. It means less ink and plastic cartridges to be thrown away – and Blohowiak says the ink in those cartridges adds up to about $10,000 a gallon. She says Century Gothic uses even less ink than the widely-touted “Eco Font.”

It’s part of a 5 year plan by the Green Bay campus to go green. Blohowiak says the money saving is enough to make lots of people support the change. The e-mail font was changed while students and staff were on their spring break. Since then, she has not heard any complaints.

Bart Good
Phoenix, AZ


While you're at it, change your printer and print less. For anyone who prints a lot or has a home office, a laser printer is much cheaper to operate than an inkjet printer. There is a reason why virtually every office in the world uses laser printers.

It's like a freezer full of cheap meat -- there is an upfront cost, but you reap the savings for years. You can buy the cheapest new laser printer for about $99. Better yet, get it used on Craigslist or Freecycle. The better brands (Brother) last for up to a decade.

Buy refilled (or "remanufactured") toner cartridges online for about 1/3 what you'd pay at an office store. My favorite source is

Most inkjets cost 6 to 10 cents per printed page to operate. Laser printers average 1 to 2 cents per page, even when you figure in all costs. I have a home office and print more than a case of paper per year. I only use one toner cartridge per year, at a cost of about $33.

Keep your printer turned off and (if possible) in a different room from your computer. You'll use it much less, which saves you money and is better for the planet, too!