Obviously this article about companies leaving PCs on overnight was written with big businesses in mind, but it's a valid point for home offices, too. Turning off computers and other electronics at the end of your work day saves minute amounts of electricity, but it does add up.
Of course, turning off these things at the end of your work day also has another benefit: It ends your work day. With the computer running in the next room, it's awfully tempting to check email, respond to clients, or even (gah) continue working.
Yes, I'm guilty of all of this. Guilty, guilty, guilty! Of course, it's not as bad as it sounds, considering I do like my work. But still, I think my husband, horse, pets, and friends would probably appreciate it if I tried to save some energy — and my social life — by shutting off my computer in the evenings.
What about you? Do you shut off your computer at the end of your work day and refuse to look at it a moment longer? Or do you allow yourself to be drawn back in, even after you have supposedly stopped working for the day?