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Is a Wine Cooler Energy Intensive?

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As a wine lover, you know that the best way to store wine is by keeping it in a refrigerated wine shelf. However, you may be a little concerned about how energy-intensive it is. This is a common concern among amateur wine collectors and restaurant owners who want to offer wines on their menu.

A few years ago, this was a common problem among old wine fridges. But the more modern ones that are using newer technology are more energy-efficient—thanks to technological innovations.

What is the typical energy requirement of a refrigerated wine shelf?

You may be worried about how a wine cooler may impact your electricity bill. After all, fridges, in general, tend to consume a lot of energy, right?

Well, not exactly. A wine fridge is not the same as a regular fridge for food items. Traditional refrigerators use approximately 350 to 800 watts of electricity, while wine coolers only use 90 to 100 watts on average. But, of course, that still depends on your efficiency in operating and the type of wine cooler you are using. 

Thermoelectric wine coolers typically use more electricity than compressor wine coolers because they are continuously running. But that still depends on the size of the wine shelf. Smaller thermoelectric fridges use a bit less wattage than compressor wine coolers. On the other hand, larger thermoelectric fridges will consume twice as much energy to account for its bigger size. 

So how much energy your wine cooler consumes will depend on your needs and requirements. For individuals who want to keep their collection of wines at home, a small refrigerated under-counter or freestanding wine rack may be enough. You may want to check out this built-in under-counter freezer or this 7-bottle freestanding wine fridge. 


However, for business owners, you will need bigger freestanding wine racks, such as this static fridge freezer or this freestanding 55cm fridge-freezer.

How to keep running costs down

Modern refrigerated wine cabinets and shelves are designed to be energy efficient. However, you can still reduce their running costs by following these useful tips.

Choose the right size and type of wine fridge

Compressor fridges tend to be a more energy-efficient choice over thermoelectric ones if you live in a place with very hot weather. They are also better if you need something bigger to store all your wines, especially for businesses. 

Avoid exposing the fridge to heat

Compressor fridges are better for places with hot weather. However, keeping them in a very warm location will still negatively impact their temperature regulation. Keep them in a cool, dark location as much as possible. If you have a wine cellar, then that's the best place for them.

Choose a larger fridge over buying multiple small fridges

The initial investment for a larger fridge may be more expensive at the onset. But it's a more energy-efficient option than buying multiple small fridges in the long run.

Avoid backing up the fridge against a wall

Wine fridges will work harder when they are backed up directly against a wall. So, avoid doing so if you want to reduce their running costs. Give them enough space to generate heat so they can produce the energy required to cool your wine bottles.

Avoid frequently opening and closing the fridge

Opening and closing the refrigerated wine shelf door often will affect the internal temperature of the fridge. As a result, the fridge will operate harder to regulate its temperature. This applies to both compressor and thermoelectric fridges. However, it will have a more negative impact on thermoelectric wine coolers, as they are more sensitive to temperature changes.

Benefits of having energy-efficient wine shelves

Buying appliances or equipment that still use old technology may be cheaper now. But you will feel the cost of your choice in the long run through your electricity bill. If you want to control and save on your energy consumption, it's vital that you invest in energy-efficient appliances. 


Sure, these options are more expensive upfront. But the long-term benefit far outweighs the initial cost of buying one. This is especially true if you're a business owner and want to grow your business with quality environment for your customers to see.