This is quite curious, I reason if one's PC stays totally off the power all night then the electricity consumption is definitely less than that with a pc on or hibernated. Especially if one sums up those watts over 365 nights, year after year. It is also a good idea that hardware rests at night too, including the neon lights. So whenever possible turn your PCs off.
My pc doubles as my heater. I have to leve it on now that the temp falls in the 40's at night. A cpu is hotter than the surface of the sun.
10 % of the nation's energy consumption is wasted by standby or "leaking" electricityby tv's vcr's cable boxes, rechargers etc that are turned OFF but left plugged in. Think about it.. your tv MUST already be ON if you can press a remote power button to make it fully come on.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Los Angeles Times reports that California regulators are poised to pass the nation's first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions just as they did with refrigerators, air conditioners and dozens of other products since the 1970s
Steve Tarzia writes "A research group at Northwestern University and University of Michigan has released open-source display power-management software that uses a new user presence detection technique. The goal is to shut off the display immediately when the user leaves the computer rather than using slow and error-prone mouse/keyboard activity timeouts
Most electronic appliances, operated by a remote control, (at least in my house ) have also, an on/off switch on the device itself. The switch would always be wired between the first electonic component and the house power. These are the switches I use if the equipment is intended to be off for a long time.
Having done that, it would serve no useful power saving function to unplug the device also.
Any argument which supports a view that hibernating, for example, saves more electricity than simple switching off, is ridiculous. However, on my own testing, the power drain in Windows 7, when hibernating, is extremely low to a point where, switching off for, say, only a couple of hours, would be a wasted execise. With modern equipment, I would not imagine that the sudden surge when switching on from cold, has any damaging effect.
Mine is a plastic case with 7 outlets that you can control each seperately, on or off, and you can also shut them all off at once by one button. I assume if the monitor is plugged in an outlet which is off, the monitor is completely off.
Sure, that outlet case will be taking some electricity. I mean sometimes I turn off my monitor or sound outlet when have to leave the computer on for a couple of hours, but normally I shut down everything and turn off the outlet case too. Same with my home theater.