Pensioners have been urged to claim government grants of up to £2,700 to help meet the cost of insulating their homes.
People in England who are receiving Pension Credit can apply for a grant to insulate their walls and loft through the Warm Front scheme. Similar schemes operate in Wales and Scotland.
The funding is available to people who live in their own home or who rent it from a private landlord, and they can claim up to £2,700 for an insulation and heating improvement package.
Around a quarter of a million people who are eligible for the funding have been sent a letter encouraging them to apply.
Pensioners who are not eligible for the Pension Credit can also claim a rebate of up to £300 towards the cost of making their homes better insulated.
It is estimated that as much as £1 out of every £3 spent on heating costs is wasted due to poor insulation.
Environment Minister Phil Woolas said: ‘We’re seeing energy prices on the increase so it’s more important than ever that homes are energy efficient and everyone receives the financial help they’re entitled to.
‘Insulating your home or improving your boiler can make a big difference to energy bills by stopping huge amounts of heat escaping and ensuring you use your energy more effectively which is why the Government is helping by providing funding for the people who need assistance.’
People can find out more about the scheme by calling the Energy Advice Line on 0800 027 7668.