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Change your font, save your dough

I read about this recently on Yahoo, and it was covered recently on CBC Radio One. Given that different fonts require different amounts of ink to print, you could be refilling your cartridges less often if you specified, say, Century Gothic rather than Arial. This info is based on findings of a Dutch company called, which evaluates printer attributes. Armed with info from, Tightwad’s guide to the best ink-saving fonts? Century Gothic, Times New Roman and san serif fonts such as Verdana, Calibri and Arial. Century Gothic uses about 30% less ink than Arial. This is based on line thickness. Bold fonts use more ink than narrow or light fonts, and serif fonts often use thinner lines than a sans serif font. The catch? (you knew there had to be one!) Some ink-saving fonts tend to be wider, such as Century Gothic, and therefore use more paper. Arial may be the best bet for ink saving and readability. Or…save paper and ink at the same time – try to resist that urge to push that seductive print button!


Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

Thanks for sharing this useful tip. I heard about this on NPR recently too. Your blog is fantastic by the way :)

Kelly said...

Who knew?

Angie - The Work at Home Wife said...

Wow, didn't know that. Here from LBS.

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