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HP LaserJet Enterprise, HP PageWide Enterprise - Configure Energy-conservation settings

Learn how to configure the printer energy-conservation settings to balance the needs for speed and energy use.

Introduction

The printer includes several features to help reduce energy consumption.

Print with EconoMode (mono models only)

Some printers have an EconoMode option for printing drafts of documents. Using EconoMode can use less toner. However, using EconoMode can also reduce print quality.

HP does not recommend the full-time use of EconoMode. If EconoMode is used full-time, the toner supply might outlast the mechanical parts in the toner cartridge. If print quality begins to degrade and is no longer acceptable, consider replacing the toner cartridge.

Note:

If this option is not available in your print driver, you can set it using the printer control panel.

Configure EconoMode from the print driver

Use the following steps to configure EconoMode from the print driver.

  1. From the software program, select the Print option.

  2. Select the printer, and then click the Properties or Preferences button.

  3. Click the Paper/Quality tab.

  4. Click the EconoMode check box to enable the feature, and then click OK.

Configure EconoMode from the printer control panel (FutureSmart 3)

Use the following steps to configure EconoMode from the control panel for FutureSmart 3.

  1. Press the Home button on the printer control panel.

  2. Open the following menus:

    1. Administration

    2. General Settings

    3. Print Quality

  3. Select EconoMode.

  4. Select On or Off to enable or disable the feature, and then touch Save or press the OK button.

Configure EconoMode from the printer control panel (FutureSmart 4)

Use the following steps to configure EconoMode from the control panel for FutureSmart 4.

  1. From the Home screen on the printer control panel, open the Settings menu.

  2. Open the following menus:

    1. Copy/Print or Print

    2. Default Print Options

    3. Economode

  3. Select On or Off to enable or disable the feature.

Set the idle settings (FutureSmart 4 only)

Use the following steps to set the idle settings.

By default the printer stays warm between jobs to optimize speed and print the first page of jobs faster. To conserve energy, set the printer to cool between jobs.

  1. From the Home screen on the printer control panel, open the Settings menu.

  2. Open the following menus:

    1. General

    2. Energy Settings

    3. Idle Settings

  3. Adjust the slider to the right to save energy. Touch Done to save the setting.

Set the sleep timer and configure the printer to use 1 watt or less of power

The printer has several options for the energy-saving sleep timer feature. The time delay to enter the Sleep/Auto Off state is adjustable, and the power usage during the Sleep/Auto Off state varies according to selection for the Wake/Auto On option.

Note:

HP does not recommend using deep sleep settings if you have Security Solutions installed. In some situations, the printer does not wake from deep sleep. For additional information, contact your HP representative.

Note:

The steps vary according to the type of control panel.

Control panel types

Version

Control panels

FutureSmart 3

FutureSmart 3 Control Panels

FutureSmart 4

FutureSmart 4 Control Panels

FutureSmart 3

Use the following steps to manage the energy settings (FutureSmart 3).

  1. Press the Home button on the printer control panel.

  2. Open the following menus:

    1. Administration

    2. General Settings

    3. Energy Settings

    4. Sleep Timer Settings

  3. 4-line control panels only: Select Sleep/Auto Off Timer, and then select Enabled. Press the OK button.

  4. Select Sleep/Auto Off After.

  5. Use the keypad to enter the appropriate time period, and then touch the Save button, or press the OK button.

  6. Select one of the Wake/Auto On to These Events options:

    • All events: The printer wakes when it receives any print job (through the USB port, network port, or wireless connection), or when someone presses a button on the control panel, or opens any door or tray.

    • Network port: The printer wakes when it receives a print job sent through the network port, or when someone presses a button on the control panel, or opens any door or tray. With this setting, the printer uses 1 watt or less of power while in the Sleep/Auto Off state.

    • Power button only: The printer wakes only when someone presses the power button. With this setting, the printer uses 1 watt or less of power while in the Sleep/Auto Off state.

FutureSmart 4

Use the following steps to manage the energy settings (FutureSmart 4).

  1. From the Home screen on the printer control panel, open the Settings menu.

  2. Open the following menus:

    1. General Settings

    2. Energy Settings

    3. Sleep Settings

  3. Select Sleep after inactivity to specify the number of minutes the printer is inactive before it enters sleep mode. Enter the appropriate time period.

    Note:

    The sleep-mode default time is 0 minutes. Zero (0) indicates that the printer will go to sleep in less than 1 minute.

  4. Select Auto Off after sleep to put the printer into a deeper power save mode after a period of sleep. Enter the appropriate time period.

    Note:

    By default, the printer will wake from Auto Off in response to any activity other than USB or Wi-Fi, but can be set to wake only to the power button.

  5. Select Done to save the settings.

Configure the date and time settings

Use the HP Embedded Web Server (EWS) to set the printer date and time settings to match those of your country/region.

Note:

The steps vary according to the type of control panel.

Control panels

Firmware version

Control panel

FutureSmart 3

FutureSmart 3 Control Panels

FutureSmart 4

FutureSmart 4 Control Panels
  1. In the address line of your web browser, type the IP address or host name of the printer to open the EWS. For more information, see Open the HP Embedded Web Server (EWS).

  2. Click the General tab.

  3. Open the Date/Time Settings menu.

  4. In the area labeled Device Time, configure the date and time.

  5. In the area labeled Date/Time Format, select the preferred date and time formats.

  6. In the area labeled Network Time Server, select whether or not the printer should automatically synchronize with a Network Time Server. By default, Automatically Synchronize with a Network Time Server is selected.

  7. Click the Apply button.

Set the sleep schedule

Use the Sleep Schedule feature to configure the printer to automatically wake or go into Sleep/Auto Off mode at specific times on specific days of the week.

Note:

Configure the date and time settings before setting the Sleep Schedule feature.

Set the sleep schedule from the printer control panel

Use the following steps to set the printer's sleep schedule.

  1. From the Home screen on the printer control panel, scroll to and touch the Administration button.

  2. Open the following menus:

    1. General Settings

    2. Date/Time Settings

  3. Open the Date/Time Format menu and configure the following settings:

    • Date Format

    • Time Format

  4. Touch the Save button.

  5. Open the Date/Time menu and configure the following settings:

    • Date/Time

    • Time Zone

    If you are in an area that uses daylight savings time, select the Adjust for Daylight Savings box.

  6. Touch the Save button.

  7. Touch the back-arrow button to return to the Administration screen.

  8. Open the following menus:

    1. General Settings

    2. Energy Settings

    3. Sleep Schedule

  9. Touch the Add button, and then select the type of event to schedule: Wake or Sleep.

  10. Configure the following settings:

    • Time

    • Event Days

  11. Touch the OK button, and then touch the Save button.

Set the sleep schedule from the HP Embedded Web Server (EWS)

Use the following steps to set the sleep schedule.

Note:

The steps vary according to the type of control panel.

Control panels

Firmware version

Control panel

FutureSmart 3

FutureSmart 3 Control Panels

FutureSmart 4

FutureSmart 4 Control Panels
  1. In the address line of your web browser, type the IP address or host name of the printer to open the EWS. For more information, see Open the HP Embedded Web Server (EWS).

  2. Click the General tab.

  3. Open the Date/Time Settings menu.

  4. In the area labeled Device Time, configure the date and time.

  5. In the area labeled Date/Time Format, select the preferred date and time formats.

  6. In the area labeled Network Time Server, select whether or not the printer should automatically synchronize with a Network Time Server. By default, Automatically Synchronize with a Network Time Server is selected.

  7. Click the Apply button.

The power-button light can indicate the printer status. Use the following table to interpret the printer status.

Printer status

Control-panel status

Power-button status

Printer status

Black or Blank

Blinking in one second intervals

The printer is in Sleep/Auto Off mode

The Wake/Auto On Event is set to All events

Black or Blank

Blinking in 0.25 second intervals

The printer is in Sleep/Auto Off mode

The Wake/Auto On Event is set to Network port

Active

Blinking

The printer is in one of the following transitional states:

  • Entering Sleep/Auto Off mode

  • Exiting Sleep/Auto Off mode

  • Entering Auto On mode

  • Entering Auto Off mode


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