Business inkjet printers could save Australian small businesses more than $45 million a year
Around 740,000 Australian small businesses could between them save at least $45 million a year and reduce their carbon footprint if they simply replaced one laser printer with one business inkjet printer this year.
“Laser printers have become anchors that are stopping small businesses from improving productivity and cutting costs,” said Mike Pleasants, Director of Marketing Communication for Epson Australia.
“The facts are there for all to see: business inkjet printers have lower costs per printed page, use less electricity, are faster, have a lower purchase price for comparable printers, and have features like auto-duplexing that can help cut costs even more while improving productivity,” Mr Pleasants said.
“Laser printing technology has been around for 30 years. We have now reached the tipping point where technology advances in business inkjet printers mean they easily outperform business lasers (in the same price range) on all key office productivity measures.”
Mr Pleasants used the examples of an Epson WorkForce Pro 4530 (RRP $379), Epson WorkForce Pro 4540 (RRP $449) and the Epson WorkForce Pro 4590 (RRP $499) supporting PCL and Postscript for larger workgroups, compared with a well known colour laser multifunction printer (RRP $749).
If one of the Epson printers replaced the colour laser in every small business then in the first year the total savings for Australian small businesses could exceed $45 million, based on independent assumptions about average use.
The savings can come from:
Electricity - a reduction of around 43 million KwH/ year (43,000 Mw) cutting power costs to business by more than $8.6 million. This saving is projected to increase to more than $12 million by 2014 given the expected ongoing increases in energy costs. (Calculations based on power consumption tests reported by Buyers Laboratory Ltd)
Ink/toner - ink for the business inkjet printer would cost at least $35 million less than toner for the laser across all 739,312 small businesses in Australia. (Where average print volumes are higher than those used - in larger small businesses - then the cost savings would be greater.)(Calculated savings based on cost per page results reported by Choice magazine July/August 2012)
Paper - if 25% of the 1,848,280 reams of A4 office paper were printed double sided using the included auto-duplexer on the Epson printers, then 221,794 reams of paper (553 tonne) would be saved at a cost saving of $1,219,865. The colour laser does not have an included auto-duplex print feature. (Calculations based on print volumes used by Choice in the cost per page tests.)
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