THOUSANDS of households can apply for FREE home improvements to cut £520 off their energy bills.

Councils run schemes where you can apply for energy efficiency grants worth up to £10,000 to make your home greener.

If you're eligible for the help, you can get your home fitted with insulation, double glazing, solar panels and energy efficient doors.

The measures can save you hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bills.

The help you can get varies depending on where you live and your personal circumstances.

In most areas, homeowners must have a total income of less than £30,000 to get a full £10,000 grant.

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If your income is less than £30,000 then you could receive up to £10,000 in the offered grant.

If your household income is more than £30,000 a year you can qualify for up to £5,000 of grant funding.

Your home must have an EPC rating of D, E, F or G to be eligible.

Swindon Borough Council is offering grants of up to £10,000 for households to install solar panels.

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The measure could save households up to £540 a year on their energy bills, the council said.

The average cost of installing solar panels costs roughly £6,000.

Hartlepool council puts the grant money towards air source heat pumps and solar panels, as well as the single glazed window replacements that most other councils offer.

In some areas like Liverpool, residents can benefit from free property surveys which can typically cost up to £120 according to Reallymoving.

How do I find out if my area offers the grant?

Different councils have different names for the grants.

Residents in Lancashire for example might find it's referred to as the "Cosy Homes in Lancashire’" initiative locally.

You'll want to contact your council to see if you are eligible, and how much you can get.

You can find out who your local council is using the tool checker.

What other help can I get for my energy bills?

There are plenty of energy grants and schemes open to help you out if you're struggling.

British Gas has recently confirmed that it'll pay its most vulnerable customers grants worth £750 to help with sky-high bills.

Ask your supplier what's on offer and how to apply, or check here:

  • British Gas Energy Trust
  • Bulb energy fund
  • EDF's energy customer support fund
  • E.on's energy fund
  • Npower's energy fund
  • Octopus Energy Octo Assist fund
  • Ovo's debt and energy assistance
  • Scottish Power's hardship fund

There's also a one-off fuel voucher from your energy supplier if you're on a prepayment metre.

If you're in debt there are plenty of services you can take advantage of and they offer free and friendly advice on how to manage debt.

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Most of them can offer you free guidance and help in person, over the telephone or online.

  • Money Helper – 0800 138 7777
  • Citizens Advice – 0808 800 9060
  • StepChange – 0800 138 1111
  • National Debtline – 0808 808 4000

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