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A lot of the newer SSDs idle at a fifth to 3/4 of a watt and read/write at 2-4w. Older SSDs were just as, and often more, power hungry than HDDs because the flash memory drew more power. Once a HDD spins up or down, it's quite efficient and can compete with the now caught up SSDs of today- especially WD's Scorpio Blue line. Since all you're using it for are word documents, it will be idling most of the time. So, overall, you might draw at most one less watt if you go SSD.
500GB model of the currently least power-consuming 2.5''HDD
750GB version
500GB 7200rpm, if you must have something faster. Consumes a little less than a watt more on idle and a ~fifth more on load
^cheaper than newegg, better hdd packaging, free shipping, and apply promo code RAPTURE15 (expires the 31st so hurry if you use these links) for 15% off.

Yes, some SSDs of the most current line or two will marginally increase your battery life, but it will cost you much more. So, no, it's not really worth the expense for merely writing stuff at the moment. Give SSDs another few gererations to mature, and in the meantime enjoy an up-to-date hard drive.
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Underclock and/or undervolt the CPU and GPU. Also set the power management to battery saver. I don't think an SSD will do much in terms of battery life because if you are just writing documents, your PC wont be accessing the HDD anyways. I think those are pretty much the only things you could go.

Although if you have the money, you could always get a bigger battery, or even an external one for it, that would definitely make the battery last longer.

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if on vista/7

go to the battery in bottom right click>power options
change plan settings
change advanced plan settings
processor power management
minimum processor state
set to ~10%.
maximum processor state
set to ~50% on battery (or whatever you want)

that will save your battery in light applications, windows will automatically downclock your processor when you don't need all that power
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