Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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House with no windows.

Lower heating and/or cooling bills.
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Windows make for poor heat insulators, so just don't have them.

Instead, install cameras and have several TV screens--perhaps where the windows would be. While this too uses energy, it would be far less--at times less than a light bulb. Further, when you are tired of looking outside, just "turn the (TV) window off."

For aesthetics, one could install false windows with gaily colored curtains, fake flowers, and plastic cats.

Great Satan, Jun 13 2003

Just a door http://wondermill.com/igloo.jpg
and very low cooling bills. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004]

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       Baked: prison.   

       There's a twenty - something story buiding owned by a phone company in lower Manhattan that has no windows at all. I like to imagine it being a single enormous room containing a single, gigantic knot of cables and wires.
snarfyguy, Jun 13 2003
  

       Yuck. Awful idea. Too "rigidly" perfectionist (heating, cooling), dangerous (getting out fast) and just plain ugly (self-explanatory). We are already going this direction with houses replacing beautiful large and medium sized windows (or being built this way) with ridiculous little non-windows. Bad, bad, BAD idea.
thecat, Jun 13 2003
  

       Let me go, cat. You got the wrong guy. You got THE WRONG GUY!!
sambwiches, Jun 13 2003
  

       Phone company switching equipment buildings very often have no windows. There's such a building in downtown Seattle; brick and about 20 stories tall. An article I read about the building mentioned that HVAC considerations for the equipment mandated no windows.
bristolz, Jun 13 2003
  

       Interior design and technology needs a lot of improvement before I want to live in a house without windows. However, it may be worth the effort to develop all that because:   

       1. People could live in old mines underground so the surface of the earth offers more room for agriculture, recreation, wildlife.   

       2. People get used to the feeling of living in a spaceship, so once NASA gets its act together we can travel long term in space without psychological barriers.   

       Here is a croissant from the food synthesizer.
kbecker, Jun 14 2003
  

       Hmm. I don't recall any times.
bristolz, Jun 14 2003
  

       What a windowless, windowless, world this would be.
What a windowless, windowless, windowless, windowless world.
thumbwax, Jun 14 2003
  

       Great Satan. Good grief.
Jinbish, Jun 14 2003
  

       How about Linux instead of Windows? I could easily live with that.
kbecker, Jun 14 2003
  

       you could make it so the televisions can slide sideways (or up/down) into the wall, behind which is a pane of glass covering a hole in the wall, through which you can peer into the outside world.
BillyBoy, Nov 04 2003
  

       Good idea; although I would remove the televisions entirely. Perhaps add a way to "open" this glass plane as well? Now we're talking!
Overpanic, Nov 04 2003
  

       There exist various devices which can be used to cover up windows when they're not being used as windows. Some of these devices can greatly cut heat loss.
supercat, Nov 05 2003
  
      
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