But yeah -- I replaced the thermostat today, because I was sick of the old one. The old one, still mercury tube powered. Modern programmable thermostats are not all that expensive, and easy to install, and based on the heating bills of the last two years, it should pay for itself in a month (assuming I don't get my landlords to pay for it, which they likely will).
Finally, images make it more and less real. Video, moreso. Torrent of Tsunami home videos as discussed here.