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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.


AGL vs Origin Compared

AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

Posted by November 1st 2019

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




Fixed and Variable energy rates compared

Is it time to fix your electricity rates?

Posted by August 1st 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.






Perth Energy Prices compared

Perth Electricity Prices Compared

Posted by July 25th 2019

Compare electricity tariffs and prices in the Perth area of Western Australia to find the cheapest deal for your household’s needs.


0% energy discounts explained

Energy plans with no discounts – a good deal?

Posted by July 23rd 2019

When it comes to electricity plans, bigger is not always better. While energy retailers have been using big discounts to attract new customers for years, it seems the tide is slowly turning, with most now …