With the average family spending up to £200.00 a year on ink, it is important to keep track of what you have spent and to make sure that you are not wasting printing.
When you purchase a cartridge write down the date and keep a note of how much printing you do so that you can keep track of how long it is before you need to buy a new one. It is also worth comparing whether you have bought ‘original’ print cartridges from the supplier or ‘compatible’ ones. Although the compatible ones are a lot cheaper, it is worth seeing whether they run out quicker by using your budget tracker.
Once you have used your budget tracker for a couple of months you should be able to predict your outgoings for the rest of the year and also work out if and where you can cut back on printing.
PC Mag has given the thumbs up to the all-in-one Canon Pixma MX392 inkjet printer for office use.
The website’s David Stone was impressed by the Canon Pixma MX392′s printing and faxing from PCs, and its other features, including a standalone copier and an automatic document feeder, plus its fax functions.
On the negative side, Mr Stone was disappointed with the often slow network support and that there is only manual duplexing.
The graphics quality was, Mr Stone added, “easily good enough” with regards to internal business requirements.
Mr Stone did also say, that for businesses that print a great deal, then they would be better to consider buying something faster than the Canon Pixma MX392. Though for businesses that print just a few pages each day, but need fax, copy and scan facilities, this printer would certainly suffice, with Mr Stone adding that it “can certainly do the job”.
Ink cartridges can have a huge impact on the environment which is unfortunate as over 1.1 billion of them are used around the world each year. Here are some more environmental facts about ink cartridges.
1. Recycling your ink cartridges helps to prevent 15 million litres of oil from being used annually.
2. Only 6 million litres of oil was saved from being used over the last 5 years due to 17 million toner cartridges being recycled.
3. Landfills can be clogged up by used ink and toner cartridges. In the UK alone, 45 million of them are sent to landfills annually.
4. The plastics and metals used in cartridges take 1000 years to decompose.
5. Despite the number of people throwing away used cartridges, up to 97% of their parts can be recycled.
6. Using remanufactured cartridges prevents 3.5 pounds of waste from going straight to landfill.
7. Remanufacturing plastic uses 80% less energy than producing more plastic to make more cartridges.
8. Only 15% of cartridges in the UK are recycled per year and 375 million cartridges are disposed of yearly in the US.
To prevent the negative effects on the environment, recycle your cartridges!