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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.


Is it time to fix your electricity rates?

Posted by April 15th 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.


Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Posted by April 16th 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.


Amaysim reveals new prepaid power plans

Posted by April 18th 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 …


Millions of Aussies to save with Energy Assistance Payment

Posted by April 3rd 2019

Almost four million Australians are set to receive a one-off government handout to help ease the pain of rising power bills, weeks ahead of the federal election. The ‘Energy Assistance Payment’ will provide additional cost of …


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Compare South Australia Electricity Prices

Posted by April 17th 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 Queensland Electricity Prices

Posted by April 17th 2019

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


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Compare NSW Electricity Prices

Posted by April 17th 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 April 17th 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.



Click Energy to pay $900,000 over dodgy discount claims

Posted by April 1st 2019

Electricity and gas retailer Click Energy has been ordered by the Federal Court to pay $900,000 in penalties after making false or misleading claims about the potential benefits and 'savings' of its big discount power …