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.

Prepaid SIM Cards Compared

Prepaid SIM Cards Compared

Posted by June 16th 2020

Whether you’re a local looking for a better deal, or a visitor to Australia needing a phone plan to get you by for a few weeks, prepaid SIM cards are a great option. Packed with …

Origin Energy Broadband

Origin Energy reveals plans to attract broadband customers

Posted by March 16th 2020

If you’re an Origin Energy customer who likes the retailer so much you’d also like to buy your broadband from it, now could be a good time. The electricity and gas giant launched its internet services …

Birds on power line

GloBird Energy lands in NSW promising strong bang for buck

Posted by January 9th 2020

There’s a welcome boost to power price competition in New South Wales, with Victorian upstart GloBird Energy making the move north with a new budget offer. Promising “unbeatable rates for gas and electricity”, GloBird Energy has …

Average Electricity Bill

What is the average electricity bill?

Posted by June 15th 2020

Sometimes it’s good to be average. If you’re wondering how your electricity bills compare to other customers, Canstar Blue has the answers for you.

Energy plans for renters Compared

What are the best energy plans for renters?

Posted by May 13th 2020

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.