Are Wine Fridges Expensive To Run
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Are Wine Fridges Expensive To Run?

David J Sharp
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In this article we’re going to be discussing whether wine refrigerators are expensive to run, and provide some rough estimates on what kinds of cost you can expect.

This cost will obviously change depending on your electricity provider and the rates they’ve set per KW of energy used.

However, you’ll we’ll provide the rough averages of these rates as they currently stand in the state of New York, because we know this is one of the most expensive states for electricity, so you can expect our estimates to be the most you’ll pay!

Therefore, without further ado, let’s talk about the cost of running a wine cooler.

Are Wine Refrigerators Expensive to Run?

The answer is, it depends! The average cost to run a wine fridge is $115 to $300 per year, when using an average energy rate of 17.17 cents per Kilowatt hour (kWh)[ChooseEnergy].

To find this out, we’ve taken the average wattage (W) of a wine cooler, to work out how many hours it can be on per Kilowatt. This timeframe is then divided into the number of hours in a year.

Small/Medium Wine Fridge

[I.E. Koolatron WC – 20 Bottle Wine Fridge Karacassin – 32 Bottle Wine Fridge]

Avg Wattage: 76 watts

NY Electricity Rates: 17.17 cents per KiloWatt

Number of hours per KW consumed: 13.15 (1000/76)

Hours in 1 year: 8760

Calculation: (8760/13.15)*0.1717 = $114.4

Large Wine Fridge

[I.E. Koolatron WC160DZ 121 Bottle Wine Refrigerator]

Avg Wattage: 200 watts

NY Electricity Rates: 17.17 cents per KiloWatt

Number of hours per KW consumed: 5 (1000/200)

Hours in 1 year: 8760

Calculation: (8760/5)*0.1717 = $300.10

We hope that this article has been useful, and that you can rest assured of the costs, especially now that you’ve seen the above energy calculations.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section we’re going to address some of the frequently asked questions that we get in regards to the costs of running a wine fridge:

What kinds of factors will increase my wine cooler‘s running costs?

There are a number of them, including:

  • Size
  • Bottle Capacity
  • Manufacturer
  • Energy Cooling System
  • Number of Zones


The physical size of a wine refrigerator will affect the unit’s efficiency, as a larger unit will have more air which is stored inside, that needs to be cooled in order to maintain the unit’s cool temperature.

Bottle Capacity

Similarly to the physical size of the wine cooler, it’s bottle capacity will also affect the unit’s running cost, as units with larger bottle capacities will require more power to maintain a cold internal temperature.


There are certain wine cooler manufacturers which are innovative and are always advancing the technology which they use within their wine fridges. These manufacturers will create units which require less wattage per hour. Brands will usually provide this information alongside technical information relating to the wine cooler.

Energy Cooling System

The energy cooling system refers to whether the wine cooler is powered by a compressor or thermoelectric system.

A thermoelectric wine cooler has no moving parts, and thus is more energy efficient than a compressor wine cooler.

However a compressor fridge is often more powerful than a thermoelectric cooler, and thus is always used in large wine fridges.

Number of Zones

A typical wine fridge will have either a single zone or dual zone for storing wine bottles.

We refer to these are a single zone wine cooler, or dual zone wine cooler.

Single zone units are useful for those looking to store one kind of wine (at any one time), where dual zone units are more suited to those who’re looking to simultaneously store multiple types of wine, for example their red wine and white wines.

Since dual zone wine fridges have seperate zones which can be individually controlled in terms of their temperature settings, this requires more energy consumption.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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