You have seen it on The Block, Alexa controlling TV and Lighting, but Alexa can also control your window furnishings.  Use Alexa to lower or close your blinds and curtains using simple voice controls.  But the real opportunities allow you to turn your home into a Smart Home, controlling your windows furnishings to be controlled by the use of the industry IFTTT.  IFTTT (If This Then That) is the easy, free way to get your apps and devices working together. This tool connects services to create new experiences, such as weather apps offering the ability to detect sunrise and opening shades – offering a seamless experience to make your home a Smart Home.  Things you can do include “If the temp is >30Deg, then lower the blinds in the lounge” or “One hour before dusk lower your blinds and close the curtains”.  These options provide a great way to save on heating costs as summer approaches.

Controlling your shades is now more convenient than ever before with the new Automate™ Shades skill for Alexa. Just ask Alexa and open and close your shades with the power of your voice

Integrating Google Home with your Automate™ shades gives you a more convenient and easier control via a simple voice command. Use your Google phone for shade control on the go