Use your Amazon Echo to crank the AC before you get home
Alexa works with smart thermostats like Nest and Ecobee to control the temperature remotely.
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For example, if you have a lake house that's two hours away (because, who doesn't?), or you're feeling comfy on the couch or busy in the kitchen, you can say "Alexa, ask [Ecobee or Nest] to set the temperature to 70 degrees," without ever touching your thermostat.
Before you get started, make sure your Amazon Echo and Nest or Ecobee are linked to the same
account, otherwise they won't sync.
Connect your Echo to your Nest
1. Open your Amazon Alexa app.
2. Tap the Devices icon in the bottom right corner.