How to Save Big on Printing Costs

Most small companies and home offices can easily save a bundle on paper, ink and toner with innovative new software plug-ins that cut costs and waste associated with printing.  “This simple yet powerful exercise reduces print volume by an average of 17-25% and saves an average of $80-$120 per employee per year,” says Hayden Hamilton, co-founder of GreenPrint, a software firm focused on printing efficiency.

Avoid printing blank or useless pages from the web: Everyone who’s tried to print something from the web knows that what comes out of the printer is often very different from what appeared on your screen.  Often you’ll get multiple pages with nothing or next to nothing on them.  The solution is software that automatically configures web-pages to let you grab and print only the parts that you want.

Free web-friendly-printing downloads are available from HP and Canon.  HP’s Smart Web Printing plug-in for Windows works with your browser and lets you quickly select and clip, or select and print web pages just the way you want them, eliminating surprises that waste ink and paper. To find it, go to www.hp.com and search for “Smart Web Printing.”

Easy-WebPrint from Canon (www.canoneasywebprint.com) is free and offers even more features. Easy-WebPrint is a browser toolbar that lets you perform all of these money- and time-saving functions:

  • Automatic and manual scaling to avoid cropped web page printouts
  • Duplex printing
  • Selecting print preview pages to print
  • Printing a single page, or building a list of pages to print all at once
  • Standard or high speed printing with just one click
  • Multi-column printing
  • Optional printing of page backgrounds

Portland-based GreenPrint offers other money-saving solutions for home use, small businesses and big companies as well.  Visit www.printgreener.com.

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Daniel Kehrer, Founder and Chief Content Officer of BizBest Media, is a senior-level leader in digital media, content development and online marketing with special expertise in startups, SMB, social media and generating traffic, engagement and leads. He holds an MBA from UCLA/Anderson and is a passionate entrepreneur (started 4 businesses), syndicated columnist, blogger, thought leader and author of 7 business and financial books.

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