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.