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Multifunction printers (MFPs) can be a beautiful thing. They handle all kinds of fabulous tasks for your office. They provide one convenient and efficient place where you can print, scan, copy, and fax to your heart’s content. In short, MFPs make your job easier. But, it’s important to mitigate the environmental impacts of these machines and look for ways that can both reduce your office’s carbon footprint and your power bill.

To help your company go green, we’ve come up with some tips and suggestions to reduce your MFP’s environmental impact and save you money in the process.

  • Power up with “Power Save.” Many MFPs have power-saving features that are designed to reduce energy consumption. Power-saving options allow the MFPs to use less power while not in use. This conserves energy (and saves money), but still allows the machine to stay on so it can quickly “wake up” for the next job.
  • Get smart about paper. The greatest savings you can experience are in reducing your paper and toner consumption. Utilise paper-conserving features like duplex printing, or conserve toner by printing in grayscale. Or, simply reuse already-printed paper by printing on the blank side.
  • Check before you print. Many printers and MFPs have a draft or toner-saver mode that reduces the DPI (dots-per-inch) so the printing is lighter, but still clear. This way you can conserve toner when you’re printing internal documents or draft reports.
  • Implement controls. Secure printing enables you to control how much paper is used by whom and when. By setting user controls or requiring print release codes at the MFP, you can significantly reduce unnecessary and unclaimed print jobs. This can eliminate large amounts of waste and also help in maintaining security of confidential documents.

These tips can help create a more energy-conscious office. They also ensure that you actually save on print costs and energy consumption while still making the most of your MFP.

For more green tips or information on finding the right eco-friendly MFP for your office, contact us today.

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