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Ecobee's new thermostat has an Amazon Echo inside

You don't need a standalone Amazon speaker to control the Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat with Alexa.

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The Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat costs $249.

It is only available in the US; at the current exchange rate, pricing converts to roughly £190/AU$330.

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It has all of the same features as Ecobee's previous smart models.

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But this version also has built-in Alexa voice control.

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There's no need to buy a standalone Echo, Echo Dot or Tap device -- the Ecobee4 can handle all of the same Alexa commands.

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Adjust the volume and other Alexa-related settings directly on the thermostat.

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This is the first smart thermostat to offer this sort of functionality.

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This model requires a C-wire for installation. If you don't have one, use the Power Extender Kit (PEK) that comes with your purchase.

Always consult a professional if you have questions about the installation.

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