Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is Canstar Blue's Editor-in-Chief and consumer affairs journalist, specialising in the energy and telco industries, while also covering all things 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. Simon was one of the first journalists to raise awareness of the unscrupulous tactics of some energy retailers which eventually resulted in major industry reforms and the introduction of new default pricing, and continues to highlight the potential pitfalls consumers face in a still confusing market.

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Posted by April 7th 2020

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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What to do when you get a shock energy bill

Posted by March 30th 2020

Nothing gives you that sinking feeling quite like an unexpectedly large bill. Even if you know your next bill is looming, it still manages to sweep you off your feet when you open that letter …

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Compare NSW Electricity Prices

Posted by April 7th 2020

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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What to do if you can’t afford your energy bill

Posted by March 23rd 2020

Sometimes things just don’t go your way, and you’re left wondering how you’re going to pay that next bill. That’s a question made all the more difficult when you don’t even know how much that …

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Compare Queensland Electricity Prices

Posted by April 7th 2020

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

AGL vs Origin Compared

AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

Posted by March 31st 2020

We’ve compared Australia’s two biggest energy providers to show you where to find the biggest discounts on your power bills.

Energy Bill Smoothing Explained

Energy Bill Smoothing Explained

Posted by March 24th 2020

What is bill smoothing and how does it work? Canstar Blue explores bill smoothing and payment plans offered by the big energy retailers.

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The best movies on Netflix Australia

Posted by March 31st 2020

There’s never been a better time to chill out on the couch and put on a great movie. People are ditching traditional free-to-air TV and cinema, instead staying at home both to save a buck …

Best Netflix Watches

The best shows on Netflix Australia

Posted by March 31st 2020

Review the most bingeworthy Netflix shows in Australia, including Mindhunter, Fargo, Mad Men, The Confession Tapes and more at Canstar Blue.