Companies take for granted that the printers they use are the main culprits of energy wastage writes Thierry Boulanger, IPG Country Manager at HP RSA. Printers, idle for the duration of inactivity and when needed, take time to start up – causing workload delays and employee frustration.

The time it takes for the printer to process and print the first page after exiting ‘powersave’ mode is just as critical to the actual print time as the number of pages per minute the printer can print, if not more.
So we ask organisations of all sizes: Why use a power guzzling device if you could be using a power efficient system that utilises instant-on fuser technology?
Instant-on Technology  – which HP began employing in 1993  – uses cutting-edge fuser technology to produce the first page faster when a printer is exiting powersave mode, so your print job is completed sooner. In fact, the print job may even be finished before many printers would have started printing. In today's office environment, this means less waiting for print-outs and more time spent engaged in business.
In powersave mode, printers with instant-on technology are ready to print, so you don’t need to configure them to always stay warm. Instead, you can take advantage of the cost savings associated with reduced power consumption in powersave mode, which is friendly to the environment as well as your budget.
At its core is a fast-heating fuser enabling the printer to switch into action almost immediately regardless of when it was last used, and return to powersave mode soon after completing the print job.
This is markedly different from conventional laser printers, which employ a halogen or quartz bulb to indirectly heat a metal fuser cylinder that requires a prolonged warm-up time — sometimes more than a minute.
As a result of instant-on technology, customers enjoy improved productivity and reduced power requirements. This translates into significantly lower energy costs – especially when multiplied by the number of printers and the number of years they’ll be in use.