When considering ways to save a few bucks in the office, printing and related supplies are often top on the list. Buying generic, recycled paper, or refurbished parts and accessories can definitely help keep costs down. So can selling toner cartridges for cash.  Perhaps the biggest cost comparisons is whether to spend more money on original OEM ink and toner cartridges. But here’s a curveball — what if your choice of font is a major factor in your printing costs?

Arial Wastes The Most Ink

Since it’s one of the most common fonts, you may be shocked to learn that Arial puts quite a demand on your ink or toner supply. Several studies show Arial is one of the worst “font-offenders.” Arial uses up to 20% more ink than other fonts. So, if Ariel is your go-to font, you may want to search a bit further down that dropdown font menu. There are quite a few, attractive fonts that are less demanding on your ink and toner.

Fonts that Use Less Ink

Times New Roman – There’s always tried and true Times New Roman. Often a favorite, Times New Roman dates back to as early as 1931. Times New Roman is pretty economical thanks to its thin letters.  

Calibri & Century Gothic – These two fonts also rank among the top choices for less ink consumption. However, while Century Gothic may be a great option for saving ink, it can waste paper due to its fairly wide spacing.

Garamond – a simple, elegant, easily readable choice for a wide range of documents. Garamond also earns a top spot as a frugal font.

More Fancy Fonts Use More Toner

Because of variables such as printer type and the brand of ink or toner used, it’s nearly impossible to tell the exact amount of ink or toner one font uses over another.  But it is certainly clear that some fonts are definitely guzzlers while others are far more forgiving.

If you absolutely have to use one of those bigger, fancier fonts, you can still find ways to reduce overall ink usage. Perhaps a larger, bolder, fancier font can be used for those eye-catching headlines. Next, you could switch to a simpler, more eco-friendly font for the body text. In this way, your overall ink and toner usage balances out.

Ultimately, the choice of font remains a matter of personal preference. The type of document you’re printing is also a factor. Some may regard Times New Roman as a more technical and professional option, whereas Calibri may be thought of as less formal. In the end, it’s really subjective. It’s always best to go with what ‘speaks’ to you as the author.