GOOD Magazine that is. The shamelessly self-testifying publications has released a cutesy chart depicting the energy consumed by your devices in passive and active standby modes. Standby energy consumption is said to cost consumers $3 billion per year. An easy solution is to use powerstrips and simply hit the office switch during periods that your devices are unused.
There is definitely a problematic trend here though. I know certain areas have begun to regulate the power consumption of devices during standby modes, but I can’t seem to find any citations supporting this. If someone else can dredge up a link pointing to standby regulations, I’d be grateful.