The amount of ink it takes to write a simple government letter would surprise you. But that can easily be changed. A ninth-grade high school student came up with a simple solution that could save the U.S government $370 million annually, and it all revolves around the type of font used on paperwork.

14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani, a native Pittsburgh high school student began researching the general cost of ink and printing as part of a science project when he was only in sixth grade. He determined that his local school system could save $21,000 a year if it switched from a font like Times New Roman to one with narrower strokes like Garamond. Changes in font make a big difference in the amount of printer ink it takes to print out our favorite font styles. Bolder letter equals more ink to mirror the effect. Serif versus sans serif font could potentially make a small difference as well.

Survi used APFill Ink Coverage Software to compare various typefaces commonly used on teacher handouts and letters, and found a way to reduce ink consumption by 24 percent. He further expanded his study to the government by following the same procedure, sampling documents from the Government Printing Office website: http://www.gpo.gov. The government estimates its annual cost of ink to be $467 million across all sectors, Suvir concluded that if it switched to Garamond, it would save the country $136 million per year. An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments followed suit.

We are thinking all of that money could be put toward education to keep our country’s students sharp!

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