Skip to comments.14-Year-Old: Governments Could Save $370 Million by Printing in a Different Font
Posted on 03/28/2014 5:37:46 PM PDT by mandaladon
Fourteen-year-old Suvir Mirchandani found a way to save the federal and state governments almost $400 million from their yearly budgets just by changing the typeface they use on handouts. The best choice? Garamond!
Mirchandanis school was looking for ways to save money, but he noticed no one was paying attention to the ink used on its many handouts. He noticed that Hewlett-Packard printer ink is $75 an ounce, while an equivalent amount of French perfume is only $38.
Here is how he came to the conclusion that Garamond is the best choice:
Collecting random samples of teachers' handouts, Suvir concentrated on the most commonly used characters (e, t, a, o and r).
First, he charted how often each character was used in four different typefaces: Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans. Then he measured how much ink was used for each letter, using a commercial tool called APFill® Ink Coverage Software.
Next he enlarged the letters, printed them and cut them out on cardstock paper to weigh them to verify his findings. He did three trials for each letter, graphing the ink usage for each font.
From this analysis, Suvir figured out that by using Garamond with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24%, and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually.
He then used the data to project how much the government, both at the federal and state levels, could save via the switch.
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Too bad nobody taught him that the government has no interest in saving money.
As much as I want to agree. I think its just dumb teachers and admin staff who work for the government who don’t care because they’re not spending their own money
Can I assume that moving from Times New Roman to Garamond font, I can save money on my home printing?
-— Can I assume that moving from Times New Roman to Garamond font, I can save money on my home printing? -—
Yes, but there are lighter fonts than those. Just google free fonts.
Most government agencies don’t use ink type printers. It is too slow.
Next step: passage of a 1,432 page “Comprehensive Taxpayer’s Efficient Use of Government Printing Facilities Act” pushed through in the dead of the night just before the holiday weekend, with provisions for 7 new federal agencies, 423 new regulations, 3,012 enforcement officers, a dozen sweetheart deals for recalcitrant senators, and (coincidently enough), ink supplier requirements that steer all purchasing to firms headed by Democrat campaign contributors.
But you’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it.
I thought we already solved this with the paperwork reduction act.
Both the well worn Times New Roman and the classical Garamond almost identical in the weights used in the various strokes an ascenders and descenders.
I remember when the computer was going to eliminate the use of paper entirely...boy THOSE were the days!
And Calistro light might use even less.
I can set my printer to use less ink.
Regardless, I refill my cartridges. You can buy a pint of ink for $30 and print forever.
The Hildabeast figgered a savings of a few hundred K by using both sides of paper. She’s the greatest.
Sure they can
thats going back a ways...
this from the Minnesota Pollution Control...AGency
What do they use?
Laser printers use ink
How about saving on Government publication costs by making English the official language for the country, instead of requiring translations of everything into Spanish (which takes twice as many words to convey the same information besides) ...
Sure, lol. Now the kid should calculate how much valuable time he wasted working on a problem that no government wants solved. Government will be happy to take his research a step further though and spend no money on font ink at all. Text will be white on a dark background. Powerpoint printouts to the rescue!
Yep, I remember telling everyone how we were entering the age of the paperless office (1990’s) ... still waiting. LOL!
weve all got at least one of the beasts most likely connected to a printer....
The PRINT feature aint a new thing....
ah those were the good old naive days werent they
> He noticed that Hewlett-Packard printer ink is $75 an ounce, while an equivalent amount of French perfume is only $38.
Did he happen to notice that getting rid of the inkjets would save about ten times that without any typeface changes? Yeah, he’s a real brainiac.
but, but, but.......eyes.
By using less ink or toner, how much does it cost to remedy the eye strain?
Yep, smart kid. And Garamond is a nice looking font too.
Why is HP charging $75 per ounce for ink?
Everything should be printed in Cooper Black.
Because they can.
Not so smart kid since this same comparison test has been around for many years. I switched over to Garamond because of the test waaaay back when.
I’m sure taxpayers could save gazillions more without the government changing the use of any printing-type fonts, but merely by getting out of all but the very most basic things government has become involved in.
If his theory is proven to be true they will immediately go the the democrats in congress to seek a tax increase in order to pay for the non judgmental font currently being used.
If you used 3-point font, you could save lots of paper, too.
But of course, it would be harder to read... like Garamond.
Garamond is an old style font, with serifs intended to mimic the original, chiseled ones and the thick-thin strokes of the letterforms. It also isn’t the most compact of fonts meaning that a given paragraph is going to be somewhat longer because the letters themselves are. Garamond also has a low x-height, which adversely affects legibility because the bodies of the lowercase letters are smaller.
In other words, if this was to be adopted, the cost benefit would be eaten up due to people enlarging the point size for better legibility, and in more paper used because the same amount of text would require more space.
I applaud the kid for thinking in this manner, though. Copier consumables, particularly toner, are an absolutely astounding expense when tallied up over time. Like cell phones, the profit isn’t in the thing itself, it’s derived from the longterm use of it.
I guess this is what it says. Now if you go through a ream of paper a year and maybe buy new ink carts every other year like I do, you'll never notice.
But if you chew through paper like all these government parasites do, it would add up big time.
Paper is not the problem, the cost of ink is. I’m almost afraid to use my printer because the ink costs a fortune. Anything that reduces my ink cost is a boon to me.
Why does anybody pay for cell phone service? Internet calls are free. Also, printers? It is the 21st century, people.
“Why does anybody pay for cell phone service? Internet calls are free. Also, printers? It is the 21st century, people.”
My internet service comes through my cellphone. Beats dialup which is my other option.
I’m not saying there are not use cases for cell phones or printers, but most people could cut their usage by 80% by just thinking about it.
Internet is not free. You may be finding it free of charge to you, but it’s not free. It’s also spotty as far as availability, even in cities. Being unable to call or receive calls because you’re not in a free wifi hotspot is not practical for most. And, there are some things that cannot be migrated to a web page, PDF, etc., not at the present time and not in the foreseeable future.
So, if you’re able to make do with VOIP, Skype or whatever to cover your need for voice communications, great, good for you. It’s by no means applicable to even a majority though, let alone everybody.
I was assuming you had already paid for Internet, because how can you live without it? Cell phones, not so much.
This young man needs an IRS audit.
Again, I seldom print much, but the knock-offs have worked well for me --- albeit, when I first installed them the software in my HP printer gave me warnings up the kazoo about not using their overpriced ink. ;~))
If you’re needing to communicate while traveling, especially if you’re not always in a populated, developed area, a cell phone is more than a convenience, it’s a necessity. I’ve done away with the land line and the cable, can get what I want and need from internet and cell phone. Doing away with the cell phone, well, I just can’t see that working for me or for too many others, to be honest. Internet would need to be nearly universally accessible, even in fairly remote locations. That means internet via cell signal. The speed of internet via cell signal is not all that great. I use it in a pinch on the phone. At home it doesn’t cut it. So, I have both.
Thanks, I will give them a try.
It wasn’t a necessity before people started taking it for granted. You probably don’t want to know how I feel about cars. :-)
I notice at restaurant today they kept one receipt and gave me two.
“...figgered a savings of a few hundred K by using both sides of paper.”
Here’s a story from when I worked for city government in So. Cal. My girlfriend worked in the Mayor’s Office, and she was staff support for the City Council. When items were submitted for inclusion in the weekly Council packets, they usually were double sided. My friend’s supervisor made her run them through the copier, changing them from two-sided to single-sided.
She did it, reluctantly, but didn’t say much as her supervisor was a witch. Finally, she said it was stupid and a waste of money. Boss told her the Council members might not think to look at the other side. My friend asked her, “Do they read books?” Friend was written up for insubordination.
I think some cars can be quite beautiful, rolling sculpture really, but with a very practical use. Modern society as we know it would be impossible without them. Are we too dependent collectively? I suppose there are more efficient means of transporting people en masse. Like cattle cars. I don’t relish the prospect. Individual mobility and the ability to cover long distances in a short period of time, at will, are something that I and most people value greatly and will not give up willingly.
You forgot their SWAT budget !
I have a better idea: stop printing stupid handouts.