Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products


Miscellaneous refrigeration products include beverage coolers, such as wine chillers, as well a smaller category of products referred to as “combination cooler refrigeration products,” which combine a refrigerator and/or freezer compartment with a wine storage compartment. Beverage coolers are designed to maintain a higher compartment temperature than conventional refrigerators.


In 2016, DOE established the first national efficiency standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products. The new standards, which took effect in 2019, were negotiated by manufacturers and efficiency advocates and specify a maximum annual energy consumption that varies based on the product’s refrigerated volume. The standards will reduce wine chiller energy use by 75%.


About 1.5 million beverage coolers are sold each year. 

Savings through what year?: 2048
Energy saved (quads): 1.5
CO2 savings (million metric tons): 91.8
Net present value savings ($billion) 3% discount rate: 11.02
Net present value savings ($billion) 7% discount rate: 4.78


Federal Date States
Potential Effective Date of Updated Standard 2027
Updated DOE Standard Due 2024
1st Federal Standard Effective 2019
Potential Effective Date of Updated Standard 2019
1st Federal Standard Adopted (DOE) 2016
Updated DOE Standard Due 2016
2003 CA Standard Effective
2002 CA Standard Adopted
EPACT Initial Federal Legislation Enacted 1992

Timeline reflects state standards from 2001 to present; federal standards from inception to present.