Here is the first green tip of the year:
"A TV that's plugged in is still using half the electricity of a TV that's turned on. Most appliances-VCRs, DVD players, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances-use power even when they are switched off.
For the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home appliances is used while the products are not in use and turned off.
It's still costing you money and wasting energy.
Do the planet, and yourself, some good by unplugging appliances or using a power strip with a switch to shut off the flow of electricity."