Potential ways to reduce the environmental impact from your print
There are many ways of reducing the environmental impact of your print infrastructure, but here are seven practical and effective ways of contributing to this.
1. Reduce the power and consumables consumption of your print devices
Ensuring your print devices operate at maximum efficiency is something that all organisations should aim for.
The easiest way to save power is to use energy saving settings on your print device, although this may well involve some fine-tuning.
- This may include changing the ‘Low Power Mode’ from 15 to two minutes, so that the display automatically turns off sooner.
- You can also change the ‘Sleep Mode’ from 20 down to 2 minutes.
- If you use the ‘Eco Print’ function, the control panel isn’t automatically activated when a print job comes in and the device is in ‘Sleep Mode’, whereby only the necessary device components are supplied with power to minimise unnecessary power consumption.
There are also behavioural tips to help print less in general.
- For example, you and your team should only print what is strictly necessary/important or where a printed hard copy is the only option. The Follow-Me Printing function can help you here, as you first have to authenticate yourself at the device before printing and can then think about whether it is really necessary or whether further changes need to be made to the document first.
- Using Duplex, N-up, and monochrome settings wherever possible will also help to save on paper and toner, and you should ensure that all your printers automatically shut down (or switch to standby) during extended periods of non-use (for example weekends or public holidays).
A significant bonus is that lower power consumption also has the positive side effect of saving your organisation on energy costs as well as helping you achieve your sustainability targets.
Further tips on reducing power and consumables consumption can be found here