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    How Much Does a Wine Fridge Cost To Run?

    Wine Fridge Running Cost

    When your wine collection starts to get out of hand and there's more bottles than you know what to do with, a wine fridge seems like a very smart option to help chill and store your wines in expert conditions.

    But whilst a wine fridge is an investment in itself, how much does a wine fridge cost to run?

    How can you calculate the running costs of a wine fridge?

    Well, let’s find out, shall we?

    How Much Does a Wine Fridge Cost to Run?

    Energy bills are a cause of concern for everyone at the moment, so you’ll be relieved to hear that a wine fridge won’t make as much of a dent in your utility outgoings as you’d think.

    As a rule, the cost of your wine fridge will vary depending on the size, model, temperature setting, efficiency and the cost of electricity in your local area.

    But as wine fridges typically run warmer than your kitchen fridge, you'll be relieved to hear that they’ll also cost less to run, too.

    So in order to work out exactly how much your wine fridge will cost you, you’ll need to know the wattage of your wine cooler. 

    What is the Wattage of A Wine Cooler?

    Wine coolers will have a wattage between 85 to 240 watts and in order to find out the exact wattage of your wine cooler you’ll need to refer to either the label on the side of the fridge or the manufacturer’s guide that will have come with it 

    Once you know the wattage you’ll have a much better idea of calculating how much your wine fridge will cost to run.

    So how do you calculate the running cost of a wine fridge?

    How To Calculate A Wine Coolers Electricity Consumption

    Okay, time to do a little bit of maths.

    In order to calculate how much your fridge will cost to run you need to do the following:

    Wattage (W) x Hours of Daily Usage x Days in a Year / 1,000 = Annual kWh Consumption

    The solution to this sum will let you know what your annual energy consumption may look like which you can then use to calculate the ultimate cost. 

    But it isn't just maths that can dictate how much it costs to run your wine fridge.

    You can always look at ways to run your wine fridge more efficiently to help keep these costs down.

    How to run a wine fridge more efficiently

    So how can you run your wine fridge more efficiently?

    • Temperature is key here, so try not to place your wine fridge in a room that is very hot (above 20°C/68°F) or very cold (below 0°C/32°F) and make sure that the thermostat is running at the recommended temperatures. 
    • Keep your wine fridge away from sources of heat and direct sunlight and make sure that all of the vents have enough space to circulate warm air out of the fridge. You don't want it any hotter than it needs to be.
    • If you have a freestanding wine fridge try not to store anything on top of the fridge as this can block some of the vents.
    • Cleanliness is also crucial, so make sure you are regularly cleaning the inside and outside of your wine fridge to keep it in tip top condition.
    • And last, but not least, try not to overfill your wine fridge as this will stop cold air from moving throughout the fridge and may cause your wine fridge to run for longer than necessary. 

    Before You Go... 

    It’s understandable to have concerns about the running costs of a wine fridge but if you follow these steps you should be able to install your fridge with a full peace of mind.

    Costs vary from fridge to fridge but knowing your wattage will help you to get a good idea of how much your wine fridge will cost to run, and remember that there are things you can do to help your wine fridge run as efficiently as it can.

    Teamwork makes the dream work, as they say! 

    We hope this provides you with all the answers on how much does a wine fridge cost to run.

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    philip thompson Author: Philip Thompson
    Philip is the General Manager at Expert Wine Storage, and is very knowledgable about all things relating to wine and wine storage, including wine fridges. He is regularly featured in media outlets sharing his knowledge on wine. Connect on Linkedin