One Alaska, Michigan resident has found possibly the cleanest, best way to stick it to the man: by giving up on fossil fuels altogether. Bill and Ellen Costantino one day realized the fossil fuel industry was unsustainable, so they bought a 2013 Tesla Model S and began to charge the car using solar panels on the roof of their house and garage.
They essentially live off the grid, even though their residence is still hooked up to the city’s power supply. They heat their home with wood and rely on a large vegetable garden for produce. Their solar panels also run the majority of the appliances in their house.
This earth-friendly lifestyle isn’t cheap. His Model S, complete with the range extending battery option, cost him $85,000. His solar panels were an additional $35,000, and he plans to spend another $32,000 for ground-mounted panels.
His solar panels feed their energy into 48 large batteries in his garage. When he’s not charging up one of Tesla’s usually free Supercharging stations, he has his car plugged in at home, completely off the city’s grid.
Contantino’s message to you? Be an early adopter to EVs like him. You probably won’t regret it.
“There are so many players out there offering full electrics,” he said. “The technology is here.”