How Much Energy Does a Wine Cooler Use?

A wine cooler can not only store your wine in the best way but add a little luxury to your home. Wine coolers give you a chance to experience your wine at the right temperature – as it should be enjoyed.

Having a dedicated wine fridge is a great thing to invest in if you are serious about your wine and have a wine collection that needs looking after.

Owning a wine cooler in this case really is the most sensible and best thing to do. Ideal for both long and short-term wine storage, wine coolers ensure that your wine is stored safely and away from the harm that can damage its taste and quality until you are ready to serve.

With the ever-rising cost of energy bills, it is no wonder that you may be concerned, or would like to know just exactly how much energy your wine cooler will use.

Having an extra appliance in your home will have some impact on your electricity bill, although it may not be as bad as you think. If you would like to know more about a wine cooler’s energy consumption, then keep reading for more information.

What Is a Wine Cooler?

A wine cooler is a type of fridge that is specially designed and made to store wine. Wine coolers come in various sizes and types to suit every wine collector’s needs, space available, and budget.

Whether you want a freestanding unit or a seamless built-in model fixed into your existing unit space, both are possible. You can also opt for various temperature control such as a single or dual-zone model. Whatever you need, a wine cooler is a perfect solution for wine storage.

The Electrical Requirements of a Wine Fridge

The electrical requirements largely depend on the size of your wine cooler. A wine cooler that is housing over 200 standard bottles of wine is going to consume more electricity than a small wine fridge with a capacity of under 30 bottles of wine.

If you are at all worried or have concerns about your energy consumption, opt for a smaller-sized wine cooler to put your mind at rest whilst also having peace of mind that your wine is safe.

How Many Watts

An average wine cooler consumes around 90 watts, but there will always be differences between models so it is important to check the product description to be sure of whatever model you are browsing and are thinking about buying.

The wine cooler energy efficiency will be dependent on the size and configuration of your wine cooler model.

Small Wine Coolers

For wine fridges of a smaller size, holding below a 30-bottle capacity, then it is likely to use around only 70 watts on average.

Do take into consideration other features of wine coolers such as single-zone, dual-zone and multi-zone coolers. Single-zone wine coolers are usually a little more efficient than dual-zone wine coolers – but come with fewer benefits for your wine!

Large Wine Coolers

A more spacious wine cooler will need more watts to cool a bigger system. Always check the appliances’ exact specifications for the true wattage if you are concerned.

If however, the manufacturer does not disclose the wattage and only the voltage and the amperage of the unit, then do not worry. The formula for the wattage is simple to work out and is as follows:

  • Volts x Amperes = Watts

Types of Wine Coolers

There are two types of wine fridge technologies to choose from which can be good for specific purposes.

Thermoelectric Technology

Thermoelectric uses a fan to keep the temperature of the wine below room temperature. Sucking the hot air out and therefore keeping the wine bottle cool.

This type of technology is best for those who only plan on storing a small amount of wine for their collection – we are talking less than 20 or 30 bottles.

Using this technology in larger coolers would use too much energy to pull the warm energy out of a larger unit and would be more expensive to run.

Compressor Technology

Compressor technology is more traditional and similar to a regular household refrigerator. Designed with an internal thermostat. This type of cooler is triggered by increases in temperature.

This type of technology is best for large models and large wine collections. It will use less energy and therefore be less expensive to run. Do bear in mind that the initial payment of a large compressor cooler will be greater, although the long-term savings will make it worthwhile.

Money Saving Tips With Your Wine Cooler

Wine coolers are not incredibly expensive to run. Depending on the size it can cost between £40-£100 a year to run, although if you would like tips on what you can do to go that extra mile with your energy savings then read on for more.

  • Do not opt for thermoelectric technology if you live in a hot climate – the wine cooler will have to work a lot harder to stay cool
  • Have compressor technology for large wine coolers
  • Use thermoelectric technology for those with small wine collections
  • Keep your cooler well away from walls and enclosed spaces
  • Do not have your cooler exposed to heat or other appliances
  • Limit the opening and closing of your cooler. Only open your wine cooler door when necessary
  • Fill your wine cooler up – then there will be less space for the wine cooler to cool

Energy With Enofaber

At Enofaber, you are sure to find all of our wine coolers have an energy category listed underneath each model’s description on our website.

Overall, if you are a lover of wine and have a wine collection that needs storing, investing and owning a dedicated wine fridge will always outweigh the benefits of not owning one. With a wine cooler, your wine will be safe and protected from movement and UV light – and will have the right levels of humidity, movement, and temperature.

As for the energy aspect, wine coolers are more energy efficient than ever, meaning that they won’t cost you the earth to run – even with the rising energy prices.

Check out Enofaber’s vast variety of wine coolers available along with our other products today.