Did you realize you can actually cut printing costs just by choosing another font? Printing Costs: Does Font Choice Make a Difference? article tells that you can save environment and money with right printing font choices. The article says that it is possible to save 31% on your ink cartridge costs just by picking the right font. The popular Arial font uses a lot of ink. Arial sees such widespread use primarily because it’s the default in programs like MS’s Word and Internet Explorer. Sanserif fonts like Arial are grand for headlines, not so good for the body of the text anyway.
Century Gothic is a modern font that comes standard with MS Windows, and it even beat Ecofont which was specifically designed with efficiency and cost in mind. Times New Roman is for those who require a more traditional look and some savings. One article comment says that setting your printer to “draft output” can save lots of toner while usually giving just a slightly less perfect result than normal printout.
Besides print cost consider also the readability. If you are printing something important or worthwhile, then don’t make readers suffer to save yourself a couple of cents. Using tiny little sans serif fonts makes text hard and slow to read for older people with not so perfect vision. Those little tails, the serifs, on fonts like Garamond help lead the eye along according to one article comment. If you want to use a serif font, you’ll notice from the chart that Times New Roman (a serif font) handily beats out Arial in efficiency. If you’ve just printing tons of crap and you don’t think it matters if anyone reads it, then think again if you really need to print it.