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Brendon O'Neill

Brendon O'Neill Brendon O’Neill is a Canstar Blue journalist covering all aspects of the energy industry, from generation to legislation and everything in between. With a particular focus on energy retail, he’s passionate about helping Australian consumers better-navigate their energy options and find a better deal.


Energy Plans for Seniors & Pensioners Compared

Energy Plans for Seniors & Pensioners

Posted by January 16th 2020

As a senior or pensioner, you may be entitled to specific energy deals that can help keep costs down. Consider providers, plans and deals at Canstar Blue.


Electricity Rebates & Concessions

Electricity Rebates & Concessions

Posted by July 29th 2019

Energy rebates are offered in every Australian state and territory, and while thousands are eligible for these concessions, only a fraction of people seem to realise. If you’re struggling with the price of power, then …



New South Wales Electricity Tariffs

A guide to New South Wales electricity tariffs

Posted by January 16th 2020

If you think you’re spending too much on electricity, check out Canstar Blue’s guide to New South Wales tariffs to see if you’re on the best tariff.


who is my power distributor

Who Is My Energy Distributor?

Posted by June 21st 2019

In case of a power or gas outage, it’s important to know who your electricity/gas distributor is & how they are different from your retailer.


Winter Heating Costs Explained

Winter Heating Costs Explained

Posted by January 16th 2020

As the mercury falls and Aussies begin to dust off their heaters, it’s time to think ahead about your winter energy bill. To help customers better understand their electricity and gas usage for this coming …


Solar Power Swimming Pool

Can you power your swimming pool with solar?

Posted by June 21st 2019

Owning a backyard pool is an Aussie dream, albeit an expensive one. Installation and purchase costs aside, a typical in-ground pool can account for 17% of a home’s electricity usage, potentially adding $800 to $1,200 …


Electric Lawnmower Costs

How much electricity does your lawn mower use?

Posted by October 2nd 2019

When you’re out mowing the yard in the scorching sun, you probably don’t stop to think about what your mower is costing you to run. It is relatively easy to know how much you’re spending …



How to submit your own energy meter reading

Posted by January 23rd 2019

Avoid estimated bills by doing your own meter reads. Canstar Blue explains how to take and submit your own electricity and gas meter readings.