In all fairness, I support these energy saving techniques. Anything in your home that has a clock is constantly drawing power to run that clock. The microwave, the VCR, the DVD player, the coffee pot, the toaster– if it’s got a working display, it’s actually telling you you’re using energy.
How about you buy a watch? It’s battery powered and you don’t have to run into the kitchen to find out what time it is.
Same goes for anything rechargeable, from cordless drills to handivacs. Your laptop is a big energy thief, too. I’d recommend running battery power all the time, but the batteries die pretty fast. So here’s an idea– if you’ve got the laptop plugged in, remove the battery (so long as it’s fully charged). When done, shut it down and plug the battery back in, and unplug it.
TV’s are energy hogs, too. Check to see if the TV you’re using has a “full power down mode”. Mine does. Alternatively, you can fully power down with a power strip. There’s no reason to keep the internal clock on your 60″ Plasma adjusted properly all the time.
The impact on global warming by these appliances is negligible (and it looks like we may even be entering a cooling cycle). But they account for 5-10% of a normal house’s power usage.