wine cooler power consumption

If you are planning to buy a new wine cooler or wondering how much electricity your existing wine cooler is consuming then this article is for you. In this article, we will calculate the power consumption of a wine cooler and also look at how much it costs to use one.

Also by the end, you will learn to calculate the power consumption of any wine cooler/wine fridge using a simple calculator.

Wine coolers are normally rated between 50 watts to 110 watts. A 56 ltr (2 Cu.ft) 90 watt wine cooler running for 24 hours in a day will consume around 0.72 kWh of electricity in a day. This adds up to around 2 1.60 kWh of electricity in a month.

Hence, the cost to run a 80 watt wine cooler for 24 hours a day for an entire month will be $ 5.57 in Los Angeles, £ 7.78 in London, NZ$ 6.56 in New Zealand, C$ 3.37 in Canada, A$ 6.96 in Australia, and Rs 216 in Mumbai.


Calculate The Power Consumption Of A Wine Cooler:

Before we go ahead and start with the calculation, I want to share some details that I gathered while doing research for this article.

I browsed through a bunch of e-commerce websites and read the specification sheets of a lot of wine coolers and found the annual power consumption of different sizes of wine coolers through their energy-saving label.

The results are below.

wine cooler cellar power consumption

Make: Kalamera (Source: Home Depot)

Wine Cooler SizeAnnual Power Consumption of Wine Cooler
1.8 Cu.ft (50 Ltr)186 kWh
2.0 Cu.ft (56 Ltr)203 kWh
4.8 Cu.ft (135 Ltr)333 kWh
6.3 Cu.ft (178 Ltr)396 kWh
6.9 Cu.ft (195 Ltr)453 kWh

The above power consumption is for a specific brand and the power consumption values will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Hence, if you have an energy star rated wine cooler then just look at its energy-saving label and you will get a pretty good estimate of its annual power consumption.

If your wine cooler doesn’t have a power consumption label then use the following method to calculate the power consumption of your wine cooler.

The power consumption of a wine cooler (for that matter any electrical appliance) depends upon two main things,

  1. First is the wattage of your wine cooler,
  2. And second is the electricity tariff in your area.

Before we jump into calculating the power consumption of your wine cooler let’s see what these terms are and how you can find out your wine cooler’s wattage and the electricity tariff of your locality.

If you already know these terms and just want to use the calculator then please scroll down to see the power consumption table and use the calculator.


What is the Wattage of A Wine Cooler:

Wine Cooler 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) : 90-Watts

The wattage of a wine cooler varies from 50 watts to 150 watts, generally, the bigger the capacity of a wine cooler, the higher the wattage.

One interesting thing I came across during research is, as the size of a refrigerator increases, the power consumption also increases, but the increase is not linear.

If you calculate the power consumption per unit volume for different size refrigerators you will see, the bigger the size the less the power consumption per unit volume.

Hence, even though for bigger refrigerators the power consumption will be higher, they are more energy efficient as the electricity needed to cool per unit volume is much less.

You can find the wattage of your wine cooler by reading the label on it or just look for your wine cooler on amazon or the manufacturer’s website and you will find its wattage in the description section.

If this whole talk about wattage and electricity is confusing you then here is a quick explanation about what is watt.

Watt is the unit of power. It means the rate at which electricity is consumed or produced by a device. For example, a 50-watt TV consumes power at a rate of 50 watts per hour, it does not mean that the TV consumed 50 units of electricity, it means it will consume power at a rate of 50 watts every hour.

So in short, the wattage of a wine cooler lies between 50 watts to 150 watts and you can find it by looking at the label on it. With that out of the way, let’s look at what is electricity tariff.


What is Your Electricity Tariff:

In simple words, electricity tariff is the amount your electricity provider charges you for one kWh (unit) of electricity. I live in Mumbai, India here the electricity tariff is Rs 12/kWh.

(What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh) Kilowatt hour or unit of electricity is the energy consumption of a device. For example, a 50-watt fan running for 50 hours will consume 50 watts x 50 hours = 2500-watt hours = 2.5-kilowatt hours of electricity = 2.5 units of electricity. (1 kWh of electricity = 1 unit of electricity))

To find your electricity tariff, just look into your previous month’s electricity bill and find out your monthly electricity consumption, then just divide your monthly electricity consumption by your total monthly electricity bill, the figure you get is approximately your electricity tariff.

I have put together the following table that shows the electricity tariff of a few countries.

Electricity Tariff Around The World:

CountryElectricity TariffCountryElectricity Tariff
United States$ 0.154/kWhIndiaRs 6/kWh
United Kingdom£‎ 0.27/kWhGermany€ 0.44/kWh
CanadaC$ 0.30/kWhPhilippines₱ 9.70/kWh
AustraliaA$ 0.32/kWhSouth AfricaR 2.558/kWh

You can also check out the following resources to know your electricity tariff:

How To Calculate A Wine Coolers Electricity Consumption:

With the knowledge of your wine cooler’s wattage, just use this simple formula to calculate its power consumption.

Power consumption of an appliance = Wattage of an appliance X operational hours.

Cost to run an appliance = Power consumption of an appliance X electricity tariff.

(Operational hours is basically the number of hours you are using your wine cooler)

Let me show you an example,

wine-cooler-wattage
Wine Cooler 56 ltr (2 Cu.ft): 90-Watts

I have selected this 56 ltr (2 Cu.ft) 80-watt wine cooler listed on home depot. Let’s assume we will be using it 24 X 7 throughout the year.

Hence, we will calculate the daily, monthly, and annual power consumption of this 90-watt wine cooler.

Before we start with the calculation, one thing to keep in mind is, even though the wine cooler is running 24 hours a day, its compressor (which consumes the majority of the electricity) only runs for a maximum of 1/3 of the time, which is a maximum of 8 hours a day.

Hence, while calculating, we will consider the daily operational hours as 8 hours instead of 24 hours, even though the wine cooler will be running for 24 hours a day.

Now let’s calculate,


Electricity consumption of A Wine Cooler:

In our case, wattage is 90-watt and operational hours are 8 hours in a day (since the compressor runs for only 1/3rd of the time), 240 hours in a month, and 2,920 hours in a year.

Hence by using the above formula.

  • Daily power consumption of a 56 ltr (2 Cu.ft) 90-watt wine cooler is = 90-watt X 8 hours = 720 wh.
  • Similarly, Monthly power consumption of a 56 ltr (2 Cu.ft) 90-watt wine cooler is = 90-watt X 240 = 21.6 kWh.
  • Annual Power consumption of a 56 ltr (2 Cu.ft) 90-watt wine cooler is = 90-watt X 2,920 = 262.8 kWh.

In the first method using an energy saving label, we saw the annual power consumption of a 56 ltr wine cooler is equal to 203 kWh, and using this calculation method, we got the annual power consumption of a 56 ltr wine cooler to be 262.8 kWh.

Hence, it’s safe to say our manual calculation has around 20% error.

Now that you know the power consumption just multiply it by your electricity tariff and you will get to know the cost to run your wine cooler.

let’s calculate how much it will cost to run this 80-watt wine cooler for 24 hours every day for an entire month in Los Angeles, London, and Mumbai.

  • In Los Angeles, the electricity tariff in Los Angeles is around 25.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), hence it will cost around $ 5.57 (21.6 kWh X 25.8 cents/kWh) to run this 90-watt wine cooler for 24 hours every day for an entire month.
  • In London, the electricity tariff in London is around 36p/kWh, hence it will cost around £ 7.78 (21.6 kWh X 36p/kWh) to run this 90-watt wine cooler for 24 hours every day for an entire month.
  • In Mumbai, the electricity tariff in Mumbai is around Rs 10 per kilowatt hour (kWh), hence it will cost around Rs 216 (21.6 kWh X Rs 10) to run this 90-watt wine cooler for 24 hours every day for an entire month.

For your reference, I have calculated the cost to run this 90-watt wine cooler for 24 hours daily throughout the entire year in Los Angeles, London, and Mumbai. (Remember, the compressor runs for only 1/3 of the time)

Country (Tariff)Daily Power Consumption of a Wine Cooler
(90-watt @ 8 hours)
Monthly Power Consumption of a Wine Cooler
(90-watt @ 240 hours)
Annual Power Consumption of a Wine Cooler
(90-watt @ 2,920 hours)
Los Angeles (25.8 c/kWh)0.72 kWh, cents 18.5721.60 kWh, $ 5.57262.8 kWh, $ 67.80
London (36p/kWh)0.72 kWh, pence 25.9221.60 kWh, £ 7.77262.8 kWh, £ 94.61
New Zealand (NZ$ 0.304/kWh)0.72 kWh, NZ$ 0.2121.60 kWh, NZ$ 6.56262.8 kWh, NZ$ 79.89
Canada (C$ 0.156/kWh)0.72 kWh, C$ 0.1121.60 kWh, C$ 3.37262.8 kWh, C$ 41.00
Australia (A$ 0.32/kWh)0.72 kWh, A$ 0.2321.60 kWh, A$ 6.91262.8 kWh, A$ 84.09
Mumbai (Rs 10/kWh)0.72 kWh, Rs 7.221.60 kWh, Rs 216262.8 kWh, Rs 2,628

The above figures show the approximate power consumption of a 90-watt wine cooler (mostly on the higher side), hence, the actual power consumption will be 10% to 20% lower than this.

How Much Does it Cost To Run A Wine Cooler For 24 Hours?

From the above, we know the cost to run a 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) wine cooler for 24 hours a day, the answers are as follows:

  • The cost to run a 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) wine cooler for 24 hours a day in LA is $ 0.185
  • The cost to run a 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) wine cooler for 24 hours a day in London is £ 0.259.
  • The cost to run a 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) wine cooler for 24 hours a day in New Zealand is NZ$ 0.21.
  • The cost to run a 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) wine cooler for 24 hours a day in Canada is C$ 0.11.
  • The cost to run a 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) wine cooler for 24 hours a day in Australia is A$ 0.23.
  • The cost to run a 2 Cu.ft (56 ltr) wine cooler for 24 hours a day in Mumbai is Rs 7.20.

Now go ahead and use the below calculator to find out the power consumption of your wine cooler.

Just type the wattage of your wine cooler, the number of hours of usage, and your electricity tariff, and let the calculator do the math for you.


Wine cooler Power consumption calculator:

As I said before, these are approximate values and the actual power consumption will be 10% – 20% on the lower side.

If you are not happy with the approximate results and you want to know the exact power consumption of your wine cooler, then I would suggest you buy a cheap Kill-A-Watt Meter from amazon.


Calculate the exact power consumption of any Fridge using Kill A Watt Meter:

Kill A Watt Meter is a simple device that gives real-time data on the power consumption of any device.

You can check it on amazon using this link – Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor

To use a kill-a-watt meter to calculate the power consumption of your wine cooler, first, connect your wine coolers plug into the kill-a-watt meter and then plug the kill-a-watt meter in your wall socket and you are good to go.

Then start using your refrigerator and you can see in real-time how many kWh (units) of electricity it is consuming.

You can check out this article to know more about the power consumption of all types of refrigerators, How much power does a refrigerator consume?

or check the following articles to know their power consumption in detail:

You can check out this article to know more about the power consumption of common household appliances.

Check out my articles on solar power for home and how it can help you save your electricity bill.

Thank you for reading.

Aavjo 👋


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