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How to Maximize the Use of Canon, HP, Epson, Brother, Lexmark and Other Ink Cartridges

With operating costs of printers rising, maximizing the use of ink cartridges is a must. It doesn’t matter if you have a Canon, HP, Epson, Lexmark or Brother printer, being smart can help you extend the life of your ink cartridges. You may not think much of what you spend on ink cartridge costs but compare buying an ink cartridge to filling half a tank of gas and you’ll soon realize how the costs can pile up.

Here are a few simple ways to maximize the ink use in your ink cartridges, no matter what your cartridge brand:

Maintain the nozzles

The printer heads are one of the most important ink cartridge components. They have tiny nozzles through which ink is sprayed onto the paper when you print. When you print a lot, layers of ink start to build on the nozzles; this can lead to unclear prints and waste ink. Ink will start to collect on the nozzle, meaning less ink flows on to the paper. Make sure you run your printer through a cleaning cycle at least once a month.

Print only what is required

This seems like common sense, but printing what you need rather that anything and everything can help you save on a lot of ink and not to mention quite a lot of paper. Many modern-day companies encourage the “paperless office” by sharing documents digitally and reducing in-office printing. This not only brings down costs significantly but also encourages corporate responsibility towards the saving the environment.

Reduce font size

Research has revealed that using a “light” font or reducing the font size can lead to increased savings and reduce ink cartridge consumption over time. You might feel this is kind of extreme, but if it helps cut down costs, why not give it a try? For example, Century Gothic, delivers a 31% cost savings above the font, Arial.

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