We’re excited to announce the latest integration for Sense and your connected home: the Sense Skill for Alexa. Now, energy and home awareness insights are available with the sound of your voice, and Sense’s high-resolution data capture and analysis has just made your smart home even smarter!
For every Sense command, just start with “Alexa, Ask Sense…” and follow it up with a question about power use, solar production, if a certain device is on right now, or when a certain device was last turned on. Here are some examples:
You can ask Alexa about current power usage for your entire home or for specific devices:
If you have Sense Solar, you can ask about your solar production:
Maybe that rain cloud means you should put off that load of laundry until the sun comes out!
You can also inquire about the status specific devices in your home that have been recognized by Sense:
Or find out when certain devices turned on or off.
In the future, we’re hoping to add support for historical data like “Alexa, ask Sense how much electricity did we consume today”, app notifications like “Alexa, ask Sense to send me a notification when the Xbox turns on.”, and maybe even daily briefings like “Alexa, ask Sense how today’s solar production compares to yesterday’s”
This work has come about at the request of numerous Sense power users. With their help, we’ve been testing Alpha and Beta versions of the Skill carefully to make sure the Alexa integration is working effectively and incorporates phrases that will be useful everyday. We’re so grateful to these people and all the early adopters in the Sense community who have been flooding us with great ideas, and patiently helping us make Sense better everyday.
If you know someone who will be excited about our Alexa Skill, please share this article with them, and tell them about your experience with Sense. As our community grows, so do our device libraries, and Sense just keeps getting better and better!