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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 July 17th 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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The best movies on Netflix Australia

Posted by June 27th 2019

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 …



Energy plans for renters Compared

What are the best energy plans for renters?

Posted by July 17th 2019

As a tenant, there are a few things you need to know about your energy supply. Canstar Blue has produced the complete guide to energy plans for renters.



Best Netflix Watches

The best Netflix Australia shows of 2019

Posted by June 27th 2019

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


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Fixed Rate Energy Plans Explained

Posted by July 17th 2019

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




Fixed and Variable energy rates compared

Is it time to fix your electricity rates?

Posted by June 21st 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.