There are many factors that go into determining basic homeowners insurance: state laws, the age of your home, location, the size of your property, the number of rooms, materials used to build it, the number of people you live with, etc. HO-1 & 2 are usually considered to be basic plans. In some states, HO-1 is not even available anymore. HO-2 does cost a bit more, but it covers more also, including pipe or plumbing freezing.
So how can you save on basic homeowners insurance? To begin with, you can ask for discounts. If you have smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, security features, etc, you may be able to save more money. Anything you have that may make your house safer from the elements and burglary may help you save. You could also make sure no trees are close enough to fall on your home.
Keep in mind that actual cash value and replacement costs are not exactly the same thing. With basic homeowners insurance, your property will be insured for up to 40% of what your home is insured for. Your destroyed or stolen items will only be covered at their actual cash value. With replacement coverage, however, everything you lose can be replaced with new, similar items!
You can get free online quotes. Be sure and look over every single result so that you'll have an idea about what kind of basic homeowners insurance will best suit your home. Also, make sure you know what exactly the laws are at your location. You may be eligible for certain types of discounts. Figure out how much coverage you can afford — the more you protect your home and your household goods — the better.