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Amazon Alexa Skill – Electric Price

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I was sick of opening up my phone to check the ComEd hourly price of electric supply, so I decided to make an Alexa app for my Amazon Echo!

It took about 2 hours. It was strange I had to set up both an Alexa skill and the AWS Lamda function, then link the two. I ended up copying most of the code from someones reference code on checking stock prices. Changed the regular expression function which found the stock price to a substring of the ComEd API returned text. Works pretty well! Only problem I’ve had is when the ComEd API is down. If it happens too much, I guess I’ll have to update it with some error handling.

Alexa Skill: Electric Price

Ask: “Alexa, ask Electric Price for Current Price.”

The logo is crap, I know.  And I couldn’t use the ComEd company name in any of the program details/functions, so its a bit generic.  But pretty good for my first try if I do say so myself!

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  1. July 26, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Alexa, How much is a KWH?
    Alexa, How much does it cost for electricity?
    Alexa, What does electricity cost right now?
    Alexa, Should I try to save electricity today?
    Alexa, How much is ComEd charging for electricity today?

  2. July 26, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    “Alexa, ask Electric Price for Current Price.” Is NOT natural speech =)

    • July 27, 2017 at 7:22 AM

      I have to have the “ask Electric Price” per the rules. It’s almost like I ask Alexa to ask a friend to do something. If you think about it like that, it kindof makes sense, but I agree, it’s not the best approach. But if you think about all of the stuff they are doing in the background to make sure things get handled correctly, its not that bad.

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