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.

Are you planning a big spring clean?

Posted by July 15th 2015

If you’re looking for a helping hand with this year’s big spring clean, take a look at our award-winning home cleaning results.

Loving the Lawn

How does your garden grow?

Posted by April 21st 2016

Young Aussies are struggling to find the time to properly maintain their outdoor living areas.

woman with her pet dog

The cost of pet ownership

Posted by July 15th 2015

Deciding whether or not to buy a pet could be one of the biggest decisions you make.

burning microwave

What not to microwave

Posted by May 29th 2018

The humble microwave oven is the epitome of modern day kitchen convenience, efficiency and reliability – just as long as you don’t blow it up.