Green IT Tips and Tools

Tips for Eco-Friendly Printing

  • Communicate by email instead of paper.
  • Before you print, think about whether you really need a printed copy.
  • Print and photocopy documents double sided (duplex) which saves you time, space, money and wastage.
  • Duplex printing can help you to save trees and money on printing supplies by cutting your paper use by up to 50%.
  • Adjust your margins and type size to fit more on the page.
  • Use ECO Toner for draft documents to reduce the amount of toner used.
  • Don’t overprint documents. Calculate how many copies you really need to cut down on wastage.
  • Use 'proof and hold' to ensure a document is correct before printing a long print run.
  • Ensure your electrical equipment is Energy Star compliant.
  • Set your printer or copier’s sleep mode default times to the lowest available setting that is convenient for your needs, i.e. so when it is not actually printing or copying the energy consumption is minimal.
  • Ensure proper maintenance of office equipment to enable it to work more efficiently.
  • Use non-chlorine bleached environmentally responsible paper or 100% recycled paper for all your printing.
  • Identify a paper collection point in the office for recycling bins to dispose of waste paper.
  • Ensure photocopiers, multifunctional products and printers are switched off when you are not using them or when you are leaving the office.
  • Powering down your office equipment has the additional benefits of reduced noise and heat.

Tips when buying new printers

  • Analyse your needs before purchasing and calculate the most cost efficient purchase which provides the minimum impact on the environment. Here you can also use the tool KYOCERA Printer Economy Check (PEC) which helps you to find the correct device according to your requirements. Additionally, it also compares KYOCERA products to the competitors' products and clearly shows your savings when you decide for KYOCERA products.
  • General office equipment spends significant time consuming energy while waiting to perform a task. Using energy as efficiently as possible during this period is crucial to keeping energy use and costs to a minimum.
  • If you are buying a printer or a multifunctional, ask your supplier about waste, takeback programs, what are the preventative maintenance cycles, how often do you have to replace a drum? Products with long-life components and higher toner yields will generate significantly less waste over the life of your product.
  • Some printer process units take over 900 years to break down in landfill. Ask your supplier for more information on this topic.
  • Some printers today are ozone free, ask your supplier about ozone emissions.
  • Ask your supplier if the printer or multifunctional is compliant to the RoHS standard.
  • Ask your supplier what do they do with all the packaging.
  • Ask your supplier if the products are compliant to the ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR compliant products are capable of enabling energy saving features to reduce the power used during periods of inactivity. Enabling this feature is important to run office equipment as efficiently as possible.
  • Inkjet or modern dot matrix printers are generally cheaper to buy, but are slower than laser printers and significantly more expensive to run, generating greater waste with low toner yields.Laser printers and multifunctionals use similar technology to copiers, so their energy consumption is similar to that of small copiers.
  • If you need toner, please make sure that you buy original KYOCERA toner. They save the environment, your money and the health of your staff and your devices. For more information, please read the Original Toner brochure.
  • Original Toner Brochure
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