"You will not save the planet by turning off appliances completely! In fact you will do quite the opposite whilst costing yourself even more money.
Every time you completely turn your appliance off and back on when you want to use it you are burning out the components more quickly than if you leave it on standby!
Think about a light bulb, if you constantly flick it off and on it burns out much more quickly than if you leave it on. I'm not saying we should leave light bulbs on constantly it is merely by way of an analogy. So every time you turn your appliance fully off and then back on you are damaging it more than if you would just leave it on standby.
Therefore, the more you fully power off and on your appliance the sooner it will need replaced. Therefore you have to buy a new TV sooner than if you would just leave it on standby.
Also, the environmental cost of producing a new TV for you to buy far outweighs the environmental cost of you leaving your TV on standby mode!
So in summary, if you think you are saving money and the environment by stopping using "vampire energy", you are not!"
Whatever it is, you can reduce the usage AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE..if now completely.
Here's the link to Vampire Energy: http://awesome.goodmagazine.com/transparency/008/trans008vampireenergy.html