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What to look for when shopping for an environmentally sustainable printer

Posted on Mon, Sep 28, 2015

If you are on the prowl for an environmentally friendly printer, your concern for the planet as well as future generations is commended. There are a few specific things you should look for in your search to guarantee that the printer you buy is indeed environmentally friendly. Let's take a look at some of the many indicators of an environmentally friendly printer.The Energy Star Logo

If you are checking out a nice looking printer that has all the bells and whistles you desire, do not pull the trigger on a purchase until you verify that it bears the Energy Star logo. Energy Star electronics meet the standards required to be considered “energy efficient”, making it an environmentally sustainable printer. A printer with the Energy Star logo will have numerous built-in capabilities that drastically reduce the machine's energy consumption. They have sleep and standby modes as well as dimmers built into the display screen to decrease electricity consumption. If the printer does not have the Energy Star logo, it fails to meet the standard of consuming 40% less power than the average printer.

Automatic Duplexing

Environmentally conscious printer shoppers should be on the lookout for printers with an automatic duplexing setting. This feature allows the printer to produce double sided printouts. The result is a significant reduction in paper and consequently, the preservation of our precious trees.

Individualized Ink Cartridges

If you look hard enough, you will find printers that offer single unit color ink cartridges. By using individual color ink cartridges, you can substitute out one specific color and not have to trash the entire cartridge.

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It is incredibly wasteful to use ink and toner cartridges that must be trashed once emptied. Instead, opt for a printer that relies on solid ink technology. These printers utilize a wax based solid ink stick that actually melts throughout the printing process. When the stick is fully used, nothing is left to throw out and pollute the environment. Just replace it with another stick and continue printing your documents.

All-in-one Unit

An all-in-one machine will cost more than a standard printer yet it is the perfect solution for small business owners as well as those with a home office. An all-in-one printer has the ability to print, copy, fax and scan. In the long run it will save you money as you will not have to buy each of these machines individually. More importantly, it will conserve our planet's limited resources. There is no sense in buying four different machines when an all-in-one unit can perform each of those functions alone. The EPA has reported that an all-in-one unit can reduce energy consumption up to 30%!

Learn more about energy efficient, environmentally sustainable printer by talking with a Governor Business Solutions printer specialist at 313-441-4600. Our team is here to help you answer all your questions, and find the best printer for your company's needs. 

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