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Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is the editor of Canstar Blue and consumer affairs journalist, covering the energy and telco industries, as well as retail and FMCG. With a decade of newsroom experience under his belt, he’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed decisions, especially when it comes to household bills.


Electricity Reference Price Guide

What is the Reference Price for Energy?

Posted by June 10th 2019

If you’ve heard or read about a new ‘reference price’ for energy but don’t understand what it’s all about, Canstar Blue has your back.


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Fixed Rate Energy Plans Explained

Posted by June 10th 2019

What is a fixed rate energy plan? Find out everything you need to know about fixed charge plans at Canstar Blue.



Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Posted by June 10th 2019

Keep up to date with new electricity plans, rates and discounts with Canstar Blue. We compare energy prices across NSW, QLD, VIC and SA.


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Compare South Australia Electricity Prices

Posted by May 22nd 2019

South Australians pay through the nose for electricity, but there are good offers out there if you shop around. Review plans at Canstar Blue.


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Compare NSW Electricity Prices

Posted by May 30th 2019

Who is the cheapest electricity provider in NSW? Compare average costs between energy companies in NSW and find the best deal at Canstar Blue.


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Compare Victoria Electricity Prices

Posted by June 10th 2019

Who has the cheapest electricity prices in Victoria? Canstar Blue has compared plans, discounts and costs from the big providers to help you find a better deal.


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Compare Queensland Electricity Prices

Posted by May 31st 2019

Think you’re paying too much for electricity in Queensland? You’re probably right. Compare plans and prices from different providers.


Fixed and Variable energy rates compared

Is it time to fix your electricity rates?

Posted by May 8th 2019

Fixed rate energy plans protect you from rising power prices, but are they really a good deal? Canstar Blue compares fixed & variable rate energy deals.


Amaysim reveals new prepaid power plans

Posted by April 22nd 2019

One of Australia’s most popular phone plan providers is hoping to boost its energy numbers with a new prepaid-style power product. In addition to its existing electricity, gas and solar plans across the states, Amaysim has …