If you're not one of the 3 million homes with an Amazon Echo in it, there's a good chance you're coveting one. I mean, who doesn't want to be able to tell a lovely woman named Alexa to add things to their shopping list, play a favorite song, tell you the weather forecast AND turn on the lights in the living room?

Alexa is most useful when you've connected your Echo to your smart home hub, allowing you to control devices in your home without lifting a finger.

Did you know that many Z-Wave devices work with Amazon Echo? It's true – we'll prove it.

  1. “Alexa, lower the thermostat by 5 degrees” – about to head upstairs and realizing that you might have forgotten to turn the heat down? With a SmartThings hub and a paired Z-Wave thermostat, a quick ask to your little assistant and it's done before you reach the stop of the staircase.

  2. “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights” – maybe it was sunny when you started cooking, but the sun's gone down and it's getting dark and your hands are covering in flour and oil from tonight's meal prep. If you've got a Wink hub and some Z-Wave GE smart bulbs, those lights will come on and your light switch stays clean. Win-win.

  3. “Alexa, ask Vivint to arm my security system” – home security systems are great, they give you peace of mind and protect your home and loved ones no matter where you are. But who hasn't gone to leave, hands full with bags and this morning's half-drunk coffee and had to put everything down to arm the system? Don't bother – Alexa will do it for you with a Vivint smart home security hub with Z-Wave inside.

  4. “Alexa, tell HomeSeer to close the garage door” – what is this magic and how do I get it? It's true, with a Z-Wave garage door controller and a HomeSeer hub, Alexa will allow you to close the garage door. From inside your house. Without you moving a muscle. You know the kids left it open again.

  5. “Alexa, turn the living room lamp to 50” – yep, we've established you can control your lighting with simple commands – but did you know you can do it even if you don't have a traditional smart home hub? And if you have dimmable smart bulbs, you can set it to a certain percentage for softer lighting? From an Alarm.com home security panel – with Z-Wave inside – you've got both safety AND the ultimate convenience packaged in one. Is there anything Z-Wave can't do?