DOE pushing wine chiller rules

Wine enthusiasts could save hundreds of dollars as a result of new federal regulations.

The Department of Energy (DOE) will issue new efficiency standards for wine chillers that advocates say would reduce energy use by as much as 75 percent.

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This would cost manufactures about $55 million to comply with, but it could also translate into more than $11 billion in consumer savings, or as much as $265 per household, according to DOE estimates.

The DOE claims the wine chiller efficiency standards would also have substantial environmental benefits.

The DOE has yet to formally publish the efficiency standards in the Federal Register but provided a glimpse of the rules this week on its website.

They are scheduled to take effect in 2019.