PSA: There鈥檚 more to spring cleaning than just getting rid of the dust bunnies under your bed and making over your closet. The arrival of spring can also be a great reason to clean out other major areas of your life. Why not spring clean your budget? Small changes like ditching your daily coffee habit and sticking to sale shopping can go a long way, but saving money on bigger-ticket items is easier than you think. We asked the experts at the home monitoring company Blink for tips on how to best cut down on聽major home bills. Read on for their seven tips, and prepare to save big this spring when you put them to work.

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1. Swap cable for streaming. Try switching from traditional cable to a streaming service like Hulu聽or聽Netflix聽鈥 both provide tons of great聽movies and shows聽to watch. Replacing your cable plan with an Apple TV, Roku, or similar device makes streaming incredibly easy. These monthly service fees will be significantly lower than what you currently pay for full cable.

2. Update your lightbulbs.聽LED light bulbs are about four times more energy efficient than regular bulbs, and they last a lot longer too. According to Blink, every conventional light bulb that you convert to LED can save you more than $100, even if the sticker price for these bulbs may be higher than a normal bulb. The initial bulb investment will continue to pay you back by the hundreds (literally) over the years.

3. Simplify your alarm system.聽If you鈥檙e paying for a high-end security system, it鈥檚 likely that it costs hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars in installation costs and monthly fees. Turns out you can keep your home safe and sound with a lower-cost, more user-friendly version. Check out systems (like Blink) that you can install yourself and use for two years without any monthly costs.

4. Use a smart thermostat.聽Your thermostat probably allows you to program the temperature of your home around the clock, even when you鈥檙e at work or on vacation. Learn how to use these smart features, and you鈥檒l be less likely to waste money paying for heating and cooling when you don鈥檛 need it.

5. Grocery shop more often.聽How often do you find perishables in your fridge long past their prime? It could be because you tried to cram all of your shopping into one day at the beginning of the week. We鈥檙e all for efficient errand running, but one weekly supermarket trip isn鈥檛 always the most efficient financial choice. Tweak your schedule to allow for multiple, smaller grocery runs every week, and don鈥檛 overstock your kitchen. In the long run, you鈥檒l end up saving some serious cash on your overall food budget.

6. Turn off power strips.聽Everything聽you have plugged in is聽using power (and contributing to your electricity bill) even if it鈥檚 not in use. Appropriately, it鈥檚 called 鈥渧ampire power鈥 or 鈥減hantom energy鈥 鈥 and luckily there鈥檚 an easy fix! Wherever possible, swap in power strips that you can switch on and off, and plug everything you don鈥檛 use 24/7 into those instead.

7. Reduce your hot water temperature.聽This may sound a bit technical, but we promise that it鈥檚 actually聽very simple. Most people keep their water heater set hotter than necessary, which is particularly bad, considering that a hot water heater is one of the biggest home energy drains. Lowering the temp to 130 degrees Fahrenheit will keep everything running smoothly (as long as the exposed pipes are insulated)聽while saving you money.

Do you have other tips for saving money on your major bills? Tweet us @BritandCo!聽

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