Thousands of low income and fuel poor households can still claim grants to make their homes more energy efficient.
DECC announced it has made changes to its Warm Front scheme, which offers funds for people in poorly heated or insulated homes to pay for boiler repairs, new central heating systems and insulation work.
Eligible households can apply for up to £3,500 towards the cost or up to £6,000 if they are not connected to the gas grid.
The new rules has changed the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), which is the energy efficiency of households, from 55 to 63. The change will enable more properties to apply for the scheme.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Changes to the rules on who can get help under Warm Front will mean even more people will be able to keep warm this winter. Warm Front is still very much open for business and it’s easy to apply.”
The changes will come into effect from 12 September.