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.