If electricity bills are up for homeowners with smart meters it might be the old meter’s fault — at least that’s what the Liberal government is saying.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid says the smart meters are more accurate than the old meters. He says the old meters weren’t billing as accurately as the new meters.

Duguid says the opposition parties are misleading people when they report electricity bills have doubled since smart meters were installed in many homes.

He says bills went up because the hotter summer meant many homes used much more air conditioning than last year.

However, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Duguid comes up with a new story every day to try and explain away soaring electricity bills.