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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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.

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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.

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How many TVs is too many?

Posted by February 14th 2018

Do you see more of your evening news reader than your own family? Perhaps you're spending to much time in front of the tele lately.

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The rise and shine of Generation Yawn

Posted by January 25th 2018

Research suggests that the use of electronic gadgets before going to bed is having a detrimental effect on the quality of your sleep.