Many companies are looking for practical ways to cut costs and help the environment. Typically, in a tight economy, it is difficult to adopt green initiatives because of their expense. However, every so often a strategy comes along that helps the environment and bring corporate profits.
What Is a Green Printing Strategy?
A green printing strategy aims at reducing the carbon footprint of office printing. The two biggest areas that can be impacted are paper usage and energy consumption. When these areas are optimized, the environmental and economic impact can be huge.
1. Reduce Paper Usage
One case of paper uses approximately 60% of a tree and uses 5,690 pounds of greenhouse gases to produce. Furthermore, the average office employee consumes 2 cased of paper each year.
One simple strategy to reduce paper usage is to adjust the default setting on your printers and copiers. Automatic duplexed (two-sided) printing can easily reduce your paper usage by up to 50%. On top of saving trees, this small adjustment can save your company up to $3,000 per year.
2. Consolidate Printer and Copier Devices
Copiers and printers have to use heat to fuse the toner to paper. In order to produce the heat necessary, large amount of energy must be consumed. The average office copier consumes 285 KWh of electricity each month and an average printer consumes 49 KWh each month. This means a company with 10 copiers and 50 printers spends about $6,000 a year powering these devices.
Many companies have realized that they can consolidate printer and copier devices with Energy Star certified multifunction systems. The smaller printer fleet requires less energy to operate, but is still optimized to handle document volumes. This can easily save about $1,500 in electricity costs each year.
Creating a green print strategy is a great way to save the environment and save money. Contact us today to learn more about how you could benefit.