Families are being urged to take advantage of Government help for heating and insulation improvements before it is too late, reported the Hull Daily Mail.
The Warm Front scheme provides grants of up to £6,000 to households on certain income-related benefits living in properties that are poorly insulated or do not have working central heating.
Although the initiative, which was introduced by the previous Labour Government, is to be scrapped, families still have six months to apply for help.
Campaign groups Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and National Children’s Bureau are trying to raise awareness of Warm Front as it emerged that £50 million remains unclaimed.
Research by Consumer Focus shows about six million households across England plan to cut back on heating their homes this winter due to worries about high energy bills.
But applications to the Warm Front scheme have fallen sharply despite being over-subscribed in 2010-11.
Across Yorkshire and Humber, only 1,528 households applied for help between April and July this year compared to 15,240 in 2010/11.
Grants are available for loft insulation, draught proofing, cavity wall insulation, hot water tank insulation, gas, electric, liquid petroleum gas or oil heating and converting solid-fuel open fires to glass-fronted fires.
Applicants do not have to contribute anything as long as the improvement work does not cost more than the grant available.