New Website And App Designed To Help Renters Estimate Utility Bills

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One out of three Americans lives in a rental unit.

While the monthly rent is known, the utility bills can fluctuate.

Now a Carnegie Mellon University research team has developed a way to better estimate those bills.

Over 100 million Americans rent their housing, and their utility bills — gas and electric around here — can jump wildly.

“We built something that will help collect useful information that you would want to know before you rent an apartment,” CMU professor Jennifer Mankoff told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Monday.

Mankoff and her CMU colleague Cameron Tonkinwise and a team of graduate students developed a free internet site — called EDigs — to combine publicly available utility information with data from renters.

“One of the things we do is predict the utility costs, and the more information we have about an apartment and the person who is…

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