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Power Management in Your Imaging Equipment

Power Up the Savings by Powering Down Your Copier

Sometimes it may seem that in the modern, fast-paced office environment, it is impossible to be both productive and green. But it actually can be quite easy to have the best of both worlds in your office.

Did you know? The typical multi-function device in your office is in use only 5% of the time. What this means is that you can save a lot of energy by ensuring that the sleep functionality is properly set up.

But what about the productivity of my office? This is a common concern in many offices, due to fears about long wait times, with staff hovering over idle copiers. But the latest generation of ENERGY STAR certified imaging equipment is designed to wake up from its sleep state faster than ever before! Using features such as motion sensors, your imaging equipment will be ready to start up in a matter of seconds, so it can operate at the speed that your business does.

Now that we’ve gotten past the waking-up-quickly concern, you may be wondering what length of time you should schedule before your ENERGY STAR certified imaging equipment goes to sleep. The requirements for ENERGY STAR certification are default setting that range anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. However, you can maximize your savings, with no loss in productivity, by being slightly more aggressive and setting a target of 10 minutes. The key is to ensure that your product is going to sleep in the first place and find the right setting for your office.

So now that you have set up sleep mode in your imaging equipment, is there anything else that you can do? Of course there is!  Here are a few tips that will help you save energy and contribute to a cleaner environment:

  • Avoid printing entirely, where possible. The typical office worker uses roughly 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year, of which 45% ends up in the trash by the end of the day.
    • Are you printing a document just to scan it? Try turning it into a pdf to save paper.
  • If you have to print, duplex. Configure your computer and imaging equipment to default to duplexing to reduce paper consumption.
  • Consider using a secure-print feature to avoid abandoned or lost jobs. It is estimated that 10-35% of total pages printed are left at the printer and never picked up. Combat this by locking the printer until the document is released by the initiator.

Your ENERGY STAR certified printer has tons of features that can save you time and energy. By utilizing those features and printing smarter you can unlock the full potential of the device without sacrificing on your office’s productivity.