Easington is one such council which is doing its best to make people aware of what they are entitled to. It has already drawn up a list of some 10,000 tenants and elderly people, which it feels will qualify for extra help. Other councils are taking the same approach across the region.
But the council says there is still a large number of privately owned homes which could be losing out, because homeowners are not aware of what help is available, or how they may qualify.
It was four years ago when the government launched a scheme designed to provide financial help towards certain energy efficient improvements. These include the fitting or topping up of loft insulation, fitting draught proofing strips around windows and doors, lagging hot water tanks and giving energy advice.
But from March 31 only those on income support and benefits will be eligible for help - those over 60 will be means- tested before they know if they will be eligible.