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Wisconsin College Changes Font to Save Money

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The school adjusted their email font so when students print out emails the new font will use 30% less ink.  Way to go!
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Shodin - SEND HIM TO THE PORNO WARD!!!  3/26/2010 5:18:16 PM
Why is this for the lose?  If it uses less ink, it probably means the font is narrower and/or shorter which could also translate into more characters per sheet.  That means using less paper too.  That's for the win!
reoiv - If i see van helsing i swear to the lord i will slay him!  3/26/2010 5:25:24 PM
It is stupid that they weren't using the less costly font in the first place.

To me at least, it is like saying, I helped save water by not giving 2 extra courtesy flushes.
darry - Some men just want to watch the world burn  3/26/2010 5:30:39 PM
Here's the reason why it's for the lose:

Yes it will reduce costs but think about this, it only applies to the email program.  So the only time this will reduce costs for the university is when people print an email on campus.  Now how often do students print emails from their email account on campus?  From my experience working in a University library, taking care of the printers that students used I can tell you it's not a lot. 

Therefore, while it will save some money the amount of money actually saved is utterly ridiculous.  The very fact that you would make an announcement or print an article about this is also ridiculous.

For most standard print cartridges for high volume printers like that you're talking 2-3,000 pages which works out to about 600-900 extra pages per print cartridge but only when people are printing emails.  Realistically you're talking maybe an extra 100-150 pages per cartridge which yes is savings it is just incredibly small.
Shodin - SEND HIM TO THE PORNO WARD!!!  3/26/2010 8:53:15 PM
There were a little over 6500 students enrolled at UWGB in the fall of '09.  Let's say they use 5000 sheets of paper a day on email.  Multiply that by a year and you're closing in on 2 million sheets printed per year.

If it used a gallon of ink to print all of that out but now only uses 3 quarts b'c of the font change then they're saving $2500/year on just in and just in emails.  If it uses less paper, that's even more savings.  If they can apply that font to other areas, tack on that as well.

Both arguments are pure speculation though so they're completely irrelevant.  However, as long as the university can continue to make changes (no matter how small) that will save them money then it will eventually add up to a nice chunk of change.
Shodin - SEND HIM TO THE PORNO WARD!!!  3/26/2010 8:55:16 PM
"... $2500/yr on just in ..." should read "$2500/yr on just ink".
darry - Some men just want to watch the world burn  3/27/2010 2:10:26 PM
Oh I agree that small changes are fine, but I think this is a ridiculous small change.  So you have 6500 students or so, how many of those actually live on campus or come to campus daily to print out their emails.  I'd say probably less than half.  Again we're talking emails, not printing out class worksheets, homework, etc, just their emails.

On the OSU campus when I handled the printers in the library, which accounted for more that 75% of the on campus printing, we went through approximately 20 reams of paper a day not counting weekends and holidays when the use was far far lower.  Of the approximately 10,000 pages a day, at a school almost 3 times as big as the one in the article,  the vast majority of printed items were class notes on Powerpoint slides.

Now I agree that a small step is helpful and I am by no way saying that this is a bad thing for the school to do, HOWEVER, of all the things you can do to be more green and environmentally conscious changing the font of your email program is slightly ridiculous. 

I think it's dumb and you can disagree with me if you like but I will continue to laugh at this silly way to "reduce" costs.
Shodin - SEND HIM TO THE PORNO WARD!!!  3/27/2010 11:22:27 PM
At first glance I scoffed at it a little as well.  However, this is how I ended out looking at it:

If someone came to me and said, "Hey I can save you $250/yr (pseudo-adjusted for our level of income) by making a change that will take you less than 2 min to implement and you'll never have to dick with it again", I'd jump all over that no matter how insignificant the savings seemed.  Wouldn't you?

The only thing that I disagree with is that it's tagged as a lose.  These kinds of ideas that save money, no matter how silly or ridiculous they may seem, are a win in my book.  ;)
darry - Some men just want to watch the world burn  3/27/2010 11:37:19 PM
I wonder how many billed hours of time they spent in some "green" committee to create this money saver.  It'd be amusing if the consultants and brainstormer's salaries cost more than the font change saves.
Shodin - SEND HIM TO THE PORNO WARD!!!  3/27/2010 11:40:25 PM
Yeah, when it comes to the so-called "efficiency experts" I wonder about that as well.  If they're paying folks to come up w/these ideas do they come up with enough ideas to pay for their consulting costs?  I'm hoping this was just some schlub's epiphany.

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