Looking into ways to save money on toner cartridges, a University of Wisconsin, Green Bay professor suggested the previously mentioned Ecofont to his IT department. IT came up with an even easier solution—the commonly available Century Gothic font.
Tiny changes in the amount of ink used to print each character adds up in the aggregate—whether that’s your ink cartridge costs or Green Bay’s nearly $US100,000 in toner costs. Century Gothic uses 30 percent less ink in printing than the typical Arial setting, but there is a slight trade-off in paper use.
Mark Simonson(ph) is a Minnesota-based type designer and font developer. He says Century Gothic is a good overall choice because it has a thinner print line, but he says the letters can be a bit wider.
Mr. MARK SIMONSON (Type Designer): It also sits a little bit larger. So it would actually take up more space. So occasionally, you might need more paper for a printout if it pushes the document over a page.
Changing the default font is something you can do for your screen in Windows and Mac systems, but you might have to dig around in your common printing programs—your browser, Word, and the like—to see how you can make it stick to your printed pages.