We all like to think we’re doing our bit to help the environment but you may be wondering what you can do from the comfort of your office desk. Besides recycling your colleagues’ drinks cans and keeping an eye on paper consumption, it’s a good idea to have a look at the equipment you’re using every day.
In our guide, we share the best eco-friendly printers that your business can use to reduce energy bills and help improve the environment.
Why consider the environment?
Every business should think about its impact on the environment. Reducing waste and emissions helps to protect the planet and it’s not only good ethical sense, it’s great in helping to reach any sustainability targets your business might have.
Printing is often unavoidable for things like receipts and invoices but if you want to go greener, you must make sure you have the tools to do the job – and one of the most important is an efficient printer. Choosing the right one will have a huge effect on your environmental impact.
Which are the best eco-friendly printers?
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly printer, there are a few things to consider, including the rate at which a machine uses consumables, whether it offers low energy settings and if it can print documents double-sided.
If you’re spending a fortune on consumables, you will want a printer like the Samsung CLX-6260FW which has eco-friendly settings and high yield toners, allowing you to get the most out of your printing consumables simultaneously.
This Samsung laser printer, which is a low energy consumption model, is a multifunction printer, which allows you to print, scan, copy and fax with ease.
Also, with Samsung’s Instant Fusing System, users don’t have to wait a long time for the internal roller to heat up, so this device can start printing documents with no delay. The result is your first print out appearing in just 17 seconds – even from sleep mode. And because it doesn’t need to warm up completely first, less energy is required for fusing, thus saving cash and the environment.
An excellent Lexmark printer for streamlining workflow and offering mobile printing is the Lexmark MS317dn. Added advantages are that it can help your office go green as it offers economical printing and energy-saving modes.
You can select multiple energy-saving modes, including quiet, eco or hibernate, to automatically minimise noise and energy consumption.
Alongside this, Lexmark offer a Cartridge Collection Programme, giving users a great way to return empty cartridges for sustainable recycling.
For a model that uses up to 80% less power than alternative laser printers, the Epson WF8010DW is a great option. It has no-heat technology, which means you would see a massive reduction in energy bills.
In choosing this Epson printer, with its automatic double-sided printing in both A4 and A3, you could expect to reduce your paper consumption by up to 50 per cent.
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The Xerox VersaLink C7000dn is at the forefront of energy saving technology and has worked with Energy Star, the most successful voluntary energy efficiency movement in the world, to supply an efficient printer that is better for the environment.
Not only do VersaLink models offer duplex printing, with these models you can also control, manage and run reports on your device’s power consumption. This lets users set the power state of their printer, and program downtime intervals for when the machine is not needed.
Hopefully you can see the benefits of choosing an eco-friendly printer. Besides saving yourself cash, you’ll be doing your bit to help your office become more sustainable. If you still need more help on which ‘green’ printer to choose, then contact a friendly expert today.
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