Introduce a policy on reducing energy and resource use from printing and photocopying.
30Whole-school activitiesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Unnecessary printing and photocopying does not just waste paper; it wastes energy too. Managing your equipment and usage properly will allow you to save both.
Energy consumed by printers/copiers varies widely but in general, the faster the print speed and the higher the print quality, the greater energy consumption. Printers can consume 30-40% of their peak power demand when idling between printing and standby modes so minimising this time can result in good cost savings, reduce heat output and increase the operating life of the printer.
You can find our model policy here. Use this to write a policy for your school and an action plan for the changes you intend to make.