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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.


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Compare NSW Electricity Prices

Posted by August 23rd 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.


AGL vs Origin Compared

AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

Posted by August 23rd 2019

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


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Compare Victoria Electricity Prices

Posted by September 3rd 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.


Good Phone Plans for Aussie Kids

Posted by September 11th 2019

What are the best phone plans for kids? Canstar Blue compares good mobile options for children and provides tips on what to look for.


Electricity Reference Price Guide

What is the Reference Price for Energy?

Posted by September 11th 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.


Energy plans for renters Compared

What are the best energy plans for renters?

Posted by August 26th 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.


Powershop vs Origin Compared

Powershop vs Origin: Electricity Cost Comparison

Posted by August 26th 2019

Origin is the big energy retailer, while Powershop is the new kid on the block. Where can you find the cheapest electricity prices? Read Canstar Blue’s review


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Fixed Rate Energy Plans Explained

Posted by September 3rd 2019

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



Amaysim reveals new prepaid power plans

Posted by August 19th 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 …