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Personal stories: Tom's team buzzing in final with bright idea

Tom Smith on making the UK final of Money for Life Challenge

The 17-year-old is part of a team of five young people from Southern Regional College in Armagh who won the Northern Ireland final of the Money for Life Challenge.

The UK-wide money management competition run by Lloyds Banking Group is organised across Northern Ireland by the social enterprise NOW Group.

Tom's team Elektrak designed an app to show energy consumers how they can save money.

Tom said: "It struck us then that everyone uses energy and has to pay for energy bills, so we decided that we would provide people with information on ways they can save money on these bills.

"We were shocked to find that even remembering to turn down your thermostat by one degree can save you up to £75 on your energy bills.

"We realised that all this information would be really helpful to a huge number of people.

"Throughout the project I personally learned a lot of information about energy usage and how you can save money on your energy bills.

"The project has also helped me gain many skills that I will be able to use in the future such as good organisation, communication and team working skills.

"I am really happy to have won the Northern Ireland final and I'm very excited about the UK finals on May 28. Bring on London!"

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