What’s the Best Font to Use to Save Money on Printer Ink?

Garamond font saves money on printer ink

Not all fonts are created equal, and chances are that you’re wasting money every time you print a sheet of paper simply by using the default font on the document. In fact, a Pittsburgh teenager named Survir Michandani, doing a science fair experiment, has estimated that all levels of the US government could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year by simply changing the font that they use on documents.

So, what is the best font to save money on printer ink? Switch to Garamond (see image above). Michandani estimated that the US government could save $234 million per year by switching to the Garamond font from the current fonts they use for their documents. This number was extrapolat

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9 Responses to What’s the Best Font to Use to Save Money on Printer Ink?

  1. We had a computer and encoding business before and in one day we almost printed how many pages. We usually used Times New Roman and Century Gothic for our fonts to save ink.

  2. JM says:

    The image above does not show Garamond. The font above is a sans serif and Garamond is a serif font.

  3. jeffrey says:

    Thaks for the catch — Changed

  4. Smart kid. Incidentally, my favourite fonts are Garamond and treubet MS (sp).

  5. Ian says:

    This kid’s science fair project is getting out of hand. The Garmond font size is smaller relative to it’s point size, so it will inevitably use less ink. One thing people forget is that fonts also must be legible. Reading an entire document of sans-serif font, particularly one like Century Gothic, is hard on the eyes and will make the reader tired- hardly a good trade off when you’re printing hundreds of thousands of documents. Century Gothic is not a good body text, but is a nice looking header. What point do you stop? Why not switch to 6 point fonts for everything rather than 12? That will save a lot of ink!

    A better way to save ink (and trees) is to print 20 pages a week rather than 25. In fact, paper is one of the worst materials to recycle (it breaks down rather quickly into useless pulp), so considering it easy to waste compared to ink is missing half of the problem. It’s a good observation of the kid to save ink, but a rather short sited solution.

    There’s a story of an airline worker who figured out that the company could save a hundred thousand dollars a year by only giving one olive rather than two with their on-flight meals. The company got so excited that they promoted him and asked him to save a hundred thousand more.

  6. Gailete says:

    Fascinating article and something I would have never thought about. I will be changing my fonts used immediately for within our mailing labels, etc. for our business. Cute might look nice, but the bottom line is what is important in business. Each printer cartridge that we go through in our business is about $90. If we could get an extra 10% of printing out of it that is the equivalent of selling one item.

  7. MGA says:

    i always though arial is the cheapest. thanks for the information.

  8. michael says:

    This seems to be an easy way to reduce ink costs. The font above looks reasonable and easy to read. Why not change to save money?

  9. Here’s a link to an article Why Garamond Won’t Save The Government $467 Million A Year http://www.fastcodesign.com/3028436/why-garamond-wont-save-the-government-467-million-a-year

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