Printing Fact #1: Printing is Expensive

Published, August 6, 2012

Fast FactAs the Department of the Navy looks for greater efficiencies in how it conducts business, it is important to remember that each of us can help the DON save significant amounts of money and operate more efficiently. One area that can be improved is our printing habit. The DON spends more than $100 million on basic printing costs each year.

A significant part of printing costs is printer maintenance and supplies. For example, printer ink costs about $10,000 per gallon. That is nearly 3,000 times the cost of a gallon of gasoline or 3,300 times the cost of a gallon of milk.

Two easy ways to reduce costs associated with printer ink include:

  • Only print when absolutely necessary and then only print the minimum number of pages; and
  • Use the print preview or print layout functions to see an approximation of how the document will look, instead of actually printing to review the layout.

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