Two companies that don't seem to be natural collaborators are teaming up for a new energy-saving initiative. KB Home (NYSE:KBH) and Ford (NYSE:F) have announced that principles and technologies from the latter's MyEnergi Lifestyle push are to be featured in the construction specialist's new ZeroHouse 2.0 model home in Southern California.

MyEnergy Lifestyle is a set of products and tricks that helps lower energy consumption and thus costs. Ford provides the example of a "smart" refrigerator that carries out intensive tasks such as ice making only at night, when prices for energy are relatively cheaper.

ZeroHouse 2.0 -- highlighting a design that, in line with the MyEnergy Lifestyle push, is aimed at lower consumption -- will feature such innovations as well as a built-in electric car-charging station that does its work during cheaper energy cost periods.

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