Amazon has a great deal to get you started in home automation. The new Echo Dot is free when you purchase the Ecobee3. I would highly recommend the Ecobee3 and the new Dot seems very promising seeing that is smaller than the Echo but has the same capabilities (minus the better speakers). Unfortunately, you have to wait until Oct 20 for the Echo Dot to be released.
You can also get it with the Philips Hue Starter Kit or a TP-Link Smart Plug. View the deal.