What is Smart Living Ballarat?

Smart Living Ballarat is located in a shop front in the heart of Ballarat in Lydiard Street, within the Mining Exchange. Together with community hubs in Buninyong, Wendouree and Delacombe it is a one-stop shop for people seeking information on sustainable living practices around five themes: Home, Environment, Water, Transport and Food.

Our goal is to support the Ballarat community to live comfortably whilst also looking after the environment that supports us.

Creating Change Together

Smart Living Ballarat is a Ballarat community project, initiated by the Regional Sustainability Alliance Ballarat, Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions and supported by the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund. Smart Living Ballarat aims to create a positive groundswell of change within our community, recognising that much of the expertise, experience and inspiration needed to assist our community to adopt these smarter lifestyles exists locally. Connecting our community to local expertise and local solutions will be a core focus of the centre and will play an important role in showing our community what is possible.

The Centre

The Smart Living Centre is a living example of sustainable renovation and living. Come in and visit to see how you can make real change in a simple, efficient and effective way.

The centre has lots of examples that you can touch and feel, to help you understand how things work.

The Centre has been renovated using sustainable and energy efficient materials and appliances, as much as possible. Information on the reasons behind the choices of materials and appliances for the centre can be read here. Come and visit to check out all the different possibilities.

Generating our own power

The Smart Living Centre has a 4.3 kilowatt solar system on the roof of the building. The information below shows how much power the centre is currently using, as well as how much we are making through the solar system.

(You can check on previous days statistics by clicking on the ‘Previous’ link below.)