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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.


Kayo sports

All the best stuff coming up on Kayo this week

Posted by March 31st 2020

You’ll always find a sport to pass the time on Kayo, but sometimes a week comes along where just about everything makes it onto the ‘must watch’ list. This is one of those weeks! Whether you’re …



Melbourne power lines

Victorian Default Offer prices going up, but here’s how to save

Posted by December 4th 2019

Just months after seeing electricity bills slashed in light of new industry reforms designed to make comparing and saving easier, Victorian households on default tariffs have been told they can expect prices to increase. The state’s …



Electricity Reference Price Guide

What is the Reference Price for Energy?

Posted by January 31st 2020

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.


Electricity bill and light bulb

Energy Tariffs and Charges Explained

Posted by May 18th 2020

Looking for a better electricity plan? Make sure you understand the tariffs and charges that are in your electricity contract.




Energy companies that no longer exist

The energy brands that no longer exist

Posted by April 29th 2020

Canstar Blue reveals what happened to energy brands that no longer exist, such as Integral Energy, TRUenergy and Country Energy.


Liverpool fans

You can now watch Champions League soccer for free on Optus Sport

Posted by July 10th 2020

Optus is giving Aussie soccer fans a free taste of its Optus Sport streaming platform for upcoming UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches. More than 700,000 local football fans have already subscribed to Optus Sport, …