Videos

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) periodically produces videos that explain certain aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The following videos describe the technologies, research, and program activities within EERE.

If you are looking for EERE's B-Roll footage, see the B-Roll Web page. If you want to watch other videos from the U.S. Department of Energy, visit the DOE YouTube Channel.

Energy 101: Feedstocks and More

Energy 101: Feedstocks for Biofuels and More

Bioenergy Technologies Office
Posted On: May 28, 2013

See how organic materials like corn stover, wheat straw, and woody plants are being used to create homegrown biofuels in the United States—all while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs in rural America.


Energy 101: Marine & Hydrokinetic Energy

Energy 101: Marine & Hydrokinetic Energy

Water Power Program
Posted On: May 2, 2013

See how marine and hydrokinetic technologies harness the energy of the ocean's waves, tides, and currents and convert it into electricity to power our homes, buildings, and cities.


Photo of several rows of black hybrid water heater tanks.

GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater Success Story

Posted On: April 24, 2013

See clean energy manufacturing at work, and learn how GE's new energy-efficient hybrid heat pump water heater is bringing back jobs to America and saving consumers at least $300 a year on electricity bills.


Energy 101: Hydroelectric Power

Energy 101: Hydroelectric Power

Water Power Program
Posted On: April 22, 2013

Learn how hydroelectric power, or hydropower, captures the kinetic energy of flowing water and turns it into electricity for our homes and businesses.


Energy 101: Lighting Choices

Energy 101: Lighting Choices

Energy Saver
Posted On: November 26, 2012

Learn about energy-efficient light bulbs that can light your home for less money.


Energy 101: Algae-to-Fuel

Energy 101: Algae-to-Fuel

Bioenergy Technologies Office
Posted On: September 10, 2012

Learn about algae, a fast-growing, renewable resource that holds great promise to become a reliable, homegrown fuel source to reduce our nation's reliance on foreign oil.


Energy 101: Biofuels

Energy 101: Biofuels

Bioenergy Technologies Office
Posted On: July 25, 2012

Learn how biomass is converted into clean, renewable transportation fuels to power our cars, trucks, planes, and trains.


Energy 101: Lumens: The new way to shop for light

Energy 101: Lumens

Energy Saver
Posted On: March 12, 2012

Learn how lumens can help you choose the right bulb for the amount of light you want.


Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

Vehicle Technologies Office
Posted On: January 12, 2012

Watch electric vehicles drive America toward better fuel economy, lower emissions, lower fuel costs, and increased energy security.


Energy 101 - Energy Efficient Data Centers

Energy 101: Energy Efficient Data Centers

Advanced Manufacturing Office
Posted On: June 2, 2011

Learn how an energy efficient data center's power-saving features significantly reduce energy use and cost while protecting vital data and computing functions.


Energy 101 - Daylighting

Energy 101: Daylighting

Building Technologies Office
Posted On: June 2, 2011

Learn how daylighting techniques use windows efficiently to reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.


Energy 101 - Solar PV

Energy 101: Solar PV

Solar Energy Technologies Office
Posted On: February 9, 2011

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.


Energy 101 - Cool Roofs

Energy 101: Cool Roofs

Building Technologies Office
Posted On: January 25, 2011

Learn how a cool roof reflects solar energy to reduce heat transfer to a building—and lower its energy costs.


Energy 101 - Geothermal Heat Pumps

Energy 101: Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal Technologies Office
Posted On: December 29, 2010

Watch how geothermal heat pumps heat and cool buildings by concentrating the naturally existing heat contained within the earth—a clean, reliable, and renewable source of energy.


Screenshot from the video of Cathy Zoi sitting in front of a screen that reads, 'Solar Energy Videos.'

Solar Energy Videos

Solar Energy Technologies Office

The video collection on the Solar Energy Technology Program's multimedia website provides a variety of videos related to photovoltaic and concentrating solar energy technologies.


Screenshot from the video of Cathy Zoi sitting in front of a screen that reads, 'Save Money with the Home Energy Score.'

Save Money with the Home Energy Score

Posted On: November 15, 2010

Cathy Zoi, the Acting Under Secretary of Energy, talks about the new Home Energy Score system and how it can help homeowners save money on their energy bills.


Energy 101 - Home Energy Check Up

Energy 101: Home Energy Checkup

Posted On: October 14, 2010

A home energy checkup—sometimes called a home energy audit—determines how much energy a home consumes and what measures can be taken to make it more energy efficient. Learn about the steps and benefits of a comprehensive home energy checkup in this video.


Energy 101 - Wind Turbines

Energy 101: Wind Turbines

Wind and Water Power Technologies Office
Posted On: July 27, 2010

See how wind turbines generate clean electricity from the power of the wind. Highlighted are the various parts and mechanisms of a modern wind turbine.


Energy 101 - Concentrating Solar Power

Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power

Solar Energy Technologies Office
Posted On: June 17, 2010

Learn the basics of concentrating solar power (CSP) technology and how it works in this quick, easy-to-understand video. Highlighting the parabolic trough, this video shows how CSP systems can be used to produce renewable energy.


Photo of a glass-fronted building with solar panels in front of the building and wind turbines on the roof.

Kansas Town Rebuilds Green after Disaster

Building Technologies Office

See how residents in the town of Greensburg came together after a tornado leveled almost every structure in the area, built numerous energy efficient buildings, and installed renewable energy systems to save energy and money. This video walks you through many of the new buildings and lets you hear how the town grew back greener than ever.


Photo of a teacher and three students standing around a block of desks.

Wind for Schools Project Preps Students for Green Jobs

Wind and Water Power Technologies Office

Watch how students are jump-starting their clean-energy careers in Kansas by learning early on how wind power technologies work. The video shows students of all ages gaining valuable knowledge about this renewable energy source.


Photo of a field of crops being harvested.

A New Biofuels Technology Blooms in Iowa

Bioenergy Technologies Office

An innovative technology that converts waste products from the corn harvest into renewable biofuels will help the United States produce billions of gallons of cellulosic biofuels over the coming decade. It will also stimulate local economies and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.


Photo of a home with the words, Save Money and Energy with a Home energy Assessment.

Save Money and Energy with a Home Energy Assessment

Energy Saver

Home energy assessments can help you save energy throughout your home. This video describes several different tests a contractor may run during a home energy assessment.


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Faces of the Recovery Act: National Weatherization Conference

Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office

Hear the stories of several people involved in the Weatherization business, and learn how these energy efficiency-oriented jobs are changing lives in towns across America


Illustration of a crossroads in suburbia.  The road is lined on either side by small houses, surrounded by yards.  Illustration links to the Building Technologies Program, Builders Challenge Home page.

A Net-Zero Energy Home for All Americans

Building Technologies Office

Builders Challenge calls for home developers to create high-performance homes that use at least 30% less energy than homes built to code. This video describes how the Challenge works and how it can help lead to net-zero energy homes.


Photo of a man standing in a garage.  Two cars are parked behind him.  In front of him is a table that has a variety of car parts on top of it, including hoses, a fuel pump, a fuel gauge, a fuel rail, and other assorted parts. Photo links to Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center, Alternative and Advanced Vehicles Web site.

MotorWeek Explores Differences in Conventional and E85-Capable Vehicles

Vehicle Technologies Office

To educate viewers on the differences between conventional and E85-capable flexible fuel vehicles, MotorWeek's Goss' Garage describes the various specialized components and materials that may be necessary to ensure a vehicle can operate on E85 for its full useful life.


Photo of a building with a large, white cylindrical tower next to a small, squat building with large glass windows covering its surface.  The building is mostly hidden behind trees.  Photo links to the Federal Energy Management Program, National Institutes of Heath Showcases Utility Energy Services Contracts.

National Institutes of Health Showcases Utility Energy Services Contracts

Federal Energy Management Program Office

Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESCs) are a funding mechanism used in the federal government and by the Federal Energy Management Program to fund energy projects at federal agencies. This video discusses how UESCs work.


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Super Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Federal Energy Management Program Office

Energy Saving Performance Contracts (ESPCs) are a funding mechanism used in the federal government and by the Federal Energy Management Program to fund energy projects at federal agencies. This video discusses how they work.