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April 08, 2021

Switching e-mail font will save money

A Wisconsin university has found a new way to cut costs with e-mail — by switching fonts.

By switching the default font on its e-mail system from Arial to Century Gothic, the University of Wisconsin expects to save money on printer ink when students print out e-mails in the new font, which uses about 30 percent less ink.

Biology professor Matt Dornbush got the idea when he opened an issue of National Geographic and read an article about something called an eco-font, he tells National Public Radio. 

Dornbush acknowledges switching fonts won't save the planet, but if a little thing can save money and resources, why not?

Why not, indeed?

Have you identified similar ways to save a few bucks?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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