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Fax machines are used every day in offices around the world. Not only do they use a large amount of energy to run, but also waste a lot of paper that is not recycled or reused.
Two types of fax machines are generally available: Fax machines and Internet fax. The latter involves sending documents as attachments in emails. Using Internet fax is better for the environment than the traditional fax machine. The amount of paper consumed will be reduced since it takes 20,312 gallons of water to produce one ton of paper. Plus fewer trees will be cut down, aiding forest preservation efforts. Using Internet fax will also cut down on energy consumed, thus lowering utility bills and greenhouse gas emissions.
Look for the ENERGY STAR label when purchasing fax machines. The energy savings can be as high as 50%.
Buy a model with the lowest power level in “sleep” or standby mode. Fax machines are usually on the standby mode, which consumes a lot of energy. (see “Standby Mode” factsheet for more information).
Buy models with functions such as scanning two-sided originals and two-to-one image reduction for incoming faxes. Paper will be saved as well as time.
For printing, laser printing has a higher print resolution but uses more energy than ink jet printing, which is also fairly high resolution.
Use recycled fax paper.
Use Internet Fax: Send documents as attachments in emails.
If you have both a copier and a fax machine but are looking to replace them, consider getting a combination copier/fax machine. It will not only save energy by having one device instead of two, but will also save space, time, and money.
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Many offices have fax machines and more efficient machines can save energy and paper