Today, most of our electronics don't really turn off… they just
"sleep." And while every sleeping appliance uses only a couple of
watts, those watts add up big time, accounting for 5-22%
of our energy consumption! As diligent as I am about composting, recycling and drying my laundry on a line, I haven't been able to manage to regularly unplug anything other than my cell phone charger. Sure, plugging everything into a powerstrip and then turning that off sounds like a solution, until you have to crawl under your desk or reach around a home theater system to do it.
Fortunately, Belkin has a solution for well-intentioned but non-crouching conservationists like me. The Remote Control Belkin Energy Saving Power Strip. Just press the wireless remote switch, and you cut the power to everything plugged into the strip. (Two always-on outlets remain connected for things like routers and DVRs.) The standard model
has 6 switched outlets; the Home Theater version has two more, plus coax protection (1 in, 1 out) for cable surges. Buy them both ($34-40) and check out the whole Belkin Conserve product line at Amazon.com. Coming soon: A power strip that turns all your peripherals off when you turn off your TV, and a charging valet that only draws power when your cellphone, iPad/iPhone/Blackberry/Crackberry/Halle Berry is plugged into it. Stay tuned.