...Every round out of my LR.308 AP4 carbine from DPMS creates more Co2 than your RasPi will next year. And the Corvette,,, well you get the point.
That last sentence was really my point
According to the US Energy Information Administration, each person (in the US as any rate) uses about 11,496 kWh per year
(took monthly average and multiplied by 12)
I tried to find a legit source that gave hard facts about the energy consumption, but it ranged from a lot of sites saying "you should do it", to one site which claimed 870 kWh (7.5% of electricity use) were used annually per household by electronics during standby, and another which claimed 10% to 15% of our electricity use was "vampire" power... but when you research what all they're counting, it turns out they include the AC unit, the garage door opener, the microwave, the water heater, and the fridge in addition to the TV, DVD player, video game consoles, and cell phone chargers. They also then went on to say it accounts for only 1% of the global pollutants (well man generated pollutants at any rate).
I'm not a green movement guy myself either, but I do believe in doing my (reasonable) part to take care of the environment. I think it's a good idea to limit power consumption of standby devices, but I also believe that people are padding the numbers to make it seem like vampire power is a bigger threat than it really is when they use one of the biggest electrical sinks (the water heater) as part of their data. Yes there is vampire energy, but when compared to that figure of the total energy consumption per house hold, it's the least significant change. Even if everyone were to completely eliminate vampire energy there's 99% of the pollution left, it would be more efficient to start at the main culprits.
I could keep rambling on and on about this (and green things in general), but I'll wrap it up and summarize: Attacking power consumption by addressing vampire energy is like trying to save a man who's bleeding to death by putting a band-aid on his paper cut. Sure it's one more place he's bleeding, and it's a doosy of a paper cut to boot, but if you really want to stop the bleeding you need to address the main wound (which is actually how the energy is produced, not how much is consumed, but one issue at a time).
Anyways, just my 0.20kWh @ 0.10 cents per kWh worth (that's 2 cents for the mathematically challenged