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.

Australian Energy Support

The energy companies with Australian and overseas call centres

Posted by June 21st 2019

Anyone who’s ever had to call their energy company will tell you that communicating your problem is the first step – and challenge – in getting it resolved. So, it’s understandable that some energy customers …

The changes coming to ALDI Special Buys

Posted by July 26th 2018

If you’ve ever queued outside your local ALDI supermarket at 6am on a cold morning to get your hands on the latest Special Buy – or been wrestled to the ground by another eager shopper …

Double Up Energy Discounts Explained

Powershop launches gas service in Victoria

Posted by June 22nd 2019

Electricity retailer Powershop says it has responded to demand from customers in launching 100% carbon offset natural gas in Victoria. The Meridian Energy-owned retailer says customers have been asking it to sell gas for years and …

Alinta Energy cuts electricity prices in Queensland

Posted by June 21st 2019

Alinta Energy has announced a modest price reduction for customers in south east Queensland, at the same time that the retailer receives credit for driving down electricity costs and saving households in the region as …

Coca-Cola officially cans Coke Zero in Australia

Posted by July 19th 2018

Coke Zero has officially been canned in Australia! Once the go-to soft drink for Coke fans watching their waistline – and sugar intake – Coke Zero will now completely disappear from supermarket shelves and food outlets …

Australia’s electricity market needs to be “reset” says ACCC

Posted by June 22nd 2019

Australia’s electricity market is “largely broken” and needs to be “reset” in order for households to make sizeable savings, the consumer watching has said. In its long-awaited report on electricity pricing, the Australian Competition and Consumer …

Energy boss to celebrate death of discounts

Momentum Energy boss to celebrate death of discounts

Posted by June 25th 2019

Big energy retailers promoting no discount plans are not yet ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to helping Australians make better-informed power decisions, according to a senior figure in the industry. Amy Childs, Director of Momentum …