You can prevent waste and save paper with copiers that are capable of double-sided and/or multi-page printing services. If you also buy re-manufactured toner cartridges instead of always buying brand new toner cartridges you can help to reduce the amount of waste that is placed in landfills or transformation service facilities. When you buy refurbished copiers, you are again helping to reduce waste. Although, refurbished copiers may not be equipped with the new energy efficient components.
ENERGY STAR copiers have some of the same energy saving features as most new computers. An ENERGY STAR copier is capable of going to “sleep” or even powering itself down when it is not in use. If a copier complies with ENERGY STAR needs it may be able to cut the amount of energy use from between 30 and 40 percent. The ENERGY STAR feature may even help you to reduce energy use by lowering the running time of your air conditioning and maintenance service costs.
You can set-up your copier to help you improve the indoor air quality of your office. You can do this by setting the performance standards to allowable standards for ozone, particulate matter, styrene and volatile organic compounds from the toner cartridge. After you have set-up your copier the emitted ozone concentrations should beat a minimum complying with the state and federal occupational standards.
You can make your copier less hazardous by not using toners with diphenyl ethers (PBDE) or polybrominated biphenyls (PBB). These chemicals are carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic substances. You may also buy copiers that all lead-free solder construction of the printed circuit boards or use no arsenic, selenium or cadmium in the photoreceptor.
Another way that your copier can help air quality is waste prevention with a copier capable of Double-sided Copies. Some copiers available on the market feature automatic double-sided copying. This feature helps to save paper and energy. Based on how often the double-sided printing option is used, double-sided copying, also known as duplexing can reduce paper use. With the double-sided printing option your copier is turned into an energy saving piece of office equipment. The double-sided printing option makes a copier energy saving because it takes 10 times more energy to produce paper than it does to copy an image onto it. Digital copiers present paper-saving options with multi-page printing, as well as improvements in the way that paper is handled.
In review, you can help the air quality of your office and even the globe by buying and using ENERGY STAR copiers as well as newer technology copiers that can perform double-sided and multi-page printing services. You may also want to buy environment friendly toner cartridges as well as refurbished copiers and re-manufactured toner cartridges.